Did you know that approximately 74% of the adult population in the UK have had to undergo tooth extraction for one reason or another? Tooth loss in adults can be uncomfortable and distressing; however, over the course of life, it is not uncommon to lose a tooth either as a result of poor oral hygiene or due to an accident or injury.
Over the last few decades, dental technology has advanced significantly, and as a nation, we now take better care of our teeth. However, there is still a high percentage of the adult population that suffers from some form of dental anxiety or phobia and even avoid the dentist completely.
To begin with, underlying dental issues may be asymptomatic, but if you avoid the dentist and do not have regular checkups, these issues can progress very rapidly to cavities and tooth decay. Without medical attention, such problems may result in tooth loss and damage to surrounding teeth, gums and bone.
Sometimes, you may find that a specific issue has been left untreated for too long and, therefore, the tooth has become irreparable and needs to be removed. By visiting the dentist regularly from an early age and maintaining excellent dental hygiene at home, this can usually be avoided. If you have lost a tooth or undergone a tooth extraction, either as a result of poor oral hygiene or injury, then thanks to advances in dental technology, there are many different options available for you to replace your missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants in Bromley are an innovative and highly popular choice of tooth replacement therapy that has become widely established over the last two decades and is now known as the gold standard for missing teeth.
Whether you are looking to replace a missing tooth or your full set of teeth, dental implants could be the right solution for you. Speak to your dentist to book an appointment, and you can undergo a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to make sure that there are no other underlying health issues. You can also find out whether you are eligible for the treatment procedure.
To undergo successful dental implant surgery, you must have sufficient healthy bone and gum for the dental implant to be inserted into. This is why it is important that you contact your dentist early. Losing a tooth can result in bone decay, and this may affect whether or not you are able to have the procedure. If your dentist feels that you do not have enough healthy bone, then you may need to undergo bone grafting. Depending on the extent of grafting necessary, this may be done prior to your implant surgery or it may be done at the same time as the surgery itself.
Speak to your dentist today to find out more about dental implants and learn about how they can help restore the functioning of your mouth, improve the appearance of your smile and promote better oral health for life.