Are dental implants in Herefordshire the right choice for me?
People do lose their teeth, and it’s just part of life. Teeth can fall out for lots of reasons but unfortunately we live in a society where often people are blamed and shamed for tooth loss. As we grow older we can lose bone density in our jaws than can easily cause our teeth to fall out. Most teeth replacement options don’t help with this issue but now we have dental implants in Herefordshire available, there’s an option that not only replaces your teeth but also helps stimulate bone production.
Why is it so important to replace missing teeth?
Well firstly when it comes to tooth loss it’s not just your oral health that will be affected – it’s your overall health. Tooth loss can lead to issues with chewing which in turn can then affect your digestive system. The brain gut connection has been widely researched and it’s been reported that 90% of the body’s serotonin (the happy hormone) is made there. So if your body is struggling to make enough happy hormones on its own. you can be left feeling very low with no understanding as to why. This paired with often the shame and anxiety about having a tooth or teeth missing already can then lead to more complex psychological issues with self image, depression and chronic anxiety.
Then of course there are the functional issues – when you lose a tooth the area of bone that produces that tooth is no longer being stimulated by chewing and so the body gets the signal to stop making more bone there as it much no longer be needed – this message can then lead to the teeth on either side of the missing one to begin to wobble and eventually fall out. Making sure you get a tooth replacement can be a major benefit to your whole dental health.
What actually are dental implants?
Dental implants in Herefordshire are essentially mini posts that support the teeth. They are anchored to the jaw bone and hold a new false tooth in place, similarly to how the root of the tooth holds your natural teeth. They are made from titanium, as this metal is able to bond to the bone and is widely used on other types of medical implant. Our bodies see titanium as a natural tissue and so very happily grows blood vessels and bone tissue around it. How clever.
How will I know if I’m a suitable candidate?
When you first come to visit us at Warrendale dental about your dental implants in Herefordshire, we will discuss in depth and inspect if you are a suitable candidate. Some of our patients will need to go through preparation work before the implants are fitted. If you have underlying gum disease that will need to be treated or if there is a lack of bone density in the area we will need to look at doing a graft first. Once all the prep work is done, you will be able to come in for the surgery. You will be given a local anesthetic and extra sedation if needed. During this visit the implants will be inserted and at a later date when the area is healed you will come to have the false tooth put in place.
Dental implants can feel daunting at first but with time they are an excellent long term solution to tooth loss. Please call the practice with any further queries.