Tooth loss due to decay, trauma or gum disease, can seriously affect a patient’s oral health, since the damage extends well beyond their smile. Missing teeth force people to modify their lifestyles to accommodate the changes in their mouth. Luckily, all these problems can be prevented with dental implants.
Dental implants in Herefordshire can alter a patient’s smile and improve their quality of life considerably. An experienced dentist, such as those at Warrendale Dental in Herefordshire, can explain to patients that a healthy mouth cannot function properly without a full set of healthy teeth. Teeth are not necessary just for chewing and biting, but for maintaining healthy gums and keeping the bone tissue in the jawbone strong and healthy, and therefore keeping the structure of the face intact.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium roots that have been placed into the jawbone to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Unlike more traditional tooth replacement methods such as standalone dentures and bridges, dental implants in Herefordshire have a number of important advantages for patients.
Dental implants are commonly made of titanium, which is a long-lasting and non-corrosive metal with very impressive properties. Titanium has the ability to attach to bone tissue, once it is inserted into the jawbone.
While dental implants require less maintenance compared to dentures or bridgework, it is still important to brush and floss them along with the rest of the teeth. A diligent oral hygiene routine and frequent visits to the dentist will enable patients to stay on top of their dental hygiene and guarantee the longevity of their dental implants.
Inhibiting bone loss
An important health advantage of dental implants is that they prevent bone loss. Losing one or more and failing to replace them will force the jawbone to deteriorate by losing its volume and density over time. Conventional dentures and bridges can actually accelerate bone loss because they cannot stimulate the nerves in the bone. Stimulation is important for the proper function and density of the jawbone. By acting as missing tooth roots, dental implants become a part of the jawbone and provide enough pressure to maintain good bone health and sufficient density.