Losing one or two of your teeth may not seem a big deal but what our patients at SW9 Dental are often surprised to learn is that even a single tooth falling out is cause for concern. Not replacing lost teeth can have major adverse implications for your overall oral health.
Adult teeth are meant to serve you for life. Unfortunately, due to a number of various reasons from avoiding dental treatment to treat tooth decay to advanced gum disease to facial injuries, teeth do fall out. Despite being one of the hardest substances found on your body, the tooth’s enamel is vulnerable to the damaging effects of enamel-eating bacteria.
The oral implications when teeth fall out
The two most common dental problems experienced by patients when they lose a tooth or more than one is functional in nature – they have a problem chewing or biting and cosmetic reasons. However, beneath what may appear as a simple issue on the surface, hides more potentially serious dental problems. Read on to find out more.
- Greater risk of developing a mouth infection
Missing teeth in Stockwell can increase the risk of a patient developing an infection in the mouth. The problem with infections is that they can easily spread to other areas in the body if left untreated.
- Jawbone density is compromised
Teeth secure the integrity of jawbone quality. A gap left by one tooth falling out can cause bone density to shrink. Without good jawbone density, there is more likelihood of the patient’s gum receding with the disastrous consequence of more teeth falling out.
- Neighbouring teeth shift out of alignment
Another problem created by gaps from teeth falling out is that open spaces encourage neighbouring teeth to move in undesirable positions.
- Creates an ideal environment in which bacteria can multiply
A third concern about gaps left open in the mouth is that receding gums create pockets between teeth and gums where bacteria can flourish.
Fortunately all is not lost for patients with missing teeth in Stockwell. Dental practitioners offer patients a number of options to choose from. The more common treatment methods include:
These dental devices that are attached to the mouth with specially made fittings. Materials used may be metal or acrylic. Patients can choose partial or full dentures depending on their need.
Bridges act as ‘filler’ teeth. The device is mounted to neighbouring teeth to offer a replacement alternative.
- Dental implant
This option is the only available option that offers a permanent naturally pleasing result. Implants are more expensive than other methods but they are most popular due to aesthetic factors and function.
The more teeth are lost, the more serious the concerns are for a patient’s dental health. The serious nature is compounded the longer the patient takes to seek appropriate treatment at a dental clinic. Looking for viable options to replace Missing teeth in Stockwell? Avoid the above oral health concerns mentioned above. Contact us at SW9 Dental to find out how we can help. Our dental practice is experienced in treating a wide range of dental issues.