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At Warrendale Dental, we want nothing more than to keep each of our patients smiling and healthy through what is a trying and stressful time for each of us. Whilst many people may have restrained from seeking out dental aid during the recent lockdown restrictions across the country, we are now urging anyone who could benefit from our dental services to do so as a way of preserving and maintaining an appropriate standard of dental wellbeing. Having space between our teeth where we have lost a tooth can be easy for some to put off seeking treatment for. However those who do not opt for dental implants in Herefordshire may actually be putting their oral and overall health in jeopardy and leaving themselves susceptible to a number of seriously damaging issues which are far less simple to resolve.
What are the risks of an untreated missing tooth?
While having an untreated missing tooth – particularly if it is at the back of your mouth – may be easy to ignore after a while, here at Warrendale Dental we believe that it is important that patients are informed of the potential risks they may face. Some of the most obvious implications of having a missing tooth are social, as it can often damage a person’s self-esteem or outward confidence, and cause them to be less willing to smile, which can have a lasting damaging effect on their wellbeing. However, there are also several health implications which not seeking out dental implants in Herefordshire may have. One of the most serious of these is the alteration of a person’s entire facial structure and shape, due to bone-loss in the area surrounding the affected tooth. This happens as the unused bone tissue above and around the hole are eventually reabsorbed by the person’s body and placed elsewhere. The results of this can often lead to the person appearing far older than they actually are.
How can dental implants in Herefordshire help?
If you have had an untreated lost tooth for some time, but have put off seeking out a permanent solution, then dental implants are probably the best solution. Unlike other treatments that are typically used to fill in spaces where teeth have been lost such as dental bridges and crowns, implants do not merely cover the hole at a surface level but on a deeper, structural level. Rather than sitting on the gum of the patient where they are missing a tooth, implants are actually embedded into the patient’s bone tissue, and bonded there. This is done through the introduction of a titanium alloy tooth socket, which is drilled deeply into the patient’s jawbone. Titanium alloy is the only metal which is used in these procedures as it has unique properties that allow it to fuse together with natural bone tissue. When this happens, a short time after it has been surgically embedded within the desired space, then the socket can be used as a permanent anchor place, into which a denture can be firmly and solidly embedded. When this happens, the tooth has been effectively restored in a fashion which gives it abilities almost identical to the functionality of a natural tooth. As such, a patient’s new tooth will not only look and function as a natural tooth would, but will feel almost exactly the same too.