For those individuals who have lost one or many of their teeth, it can be a devastating experience that does not want to be repeated. Often, for those who are fortunate to still have all of their natural teeth, it is a feeling, both physical and emotional, that cannot be fully grasped until actually experiencing it.
Teeth are designed to work together, they sit alongside each other, ideally straight – and support one another to allow for comfortable and correct biting, chewing and speaking. When something isn’t quite right, a whole host of complications can arise and this all has negative impacts on a person’s physical wellbeing, as well as how they feel about themselves.
For example, when a person loses a few of their teeth, either due to injury or poor health and does not replace them, other teeth can shift and move to compensate for the gaps. Not only is the exposed sensitive gum painful if injured through sharp or hard foods, twisted teeth can make it harder to bite and chew certain foods.
As a result, many people either begin a diet of softer, mushier foods which can be boring and not as nutritious, or they continue to eat as normal, but don’t chew their food as much. When viewing bodies as a holistic entity, it isn’t difficult to see that this can have major implications on the digestive system and for some doctors, if they do not look at all potential causes, they may not understand the reasoning behind their patient’s irritable bowel or gut issues which can be simply explained through the lack of appropriate chewing at the beginning of the digestion process.
How can people replace their missing teeth?
Needless to say, replacing teeth is important. Many dentists will suggest that the quicker their patient can move to replacing any of their missing teeth, the better it will be, because their teeth do not have time to begin shifting and twisting and their body does not need to adapt to any coping mechanisms that they might otherwise need to.
There are several ways in which dentists can replace teeth for their patients and depending on their general health and wellbeing, there will be preferable options. For most healthy individuals, dental implants in St Albans will be a favoured choice, because of the longevity and durability of the prostheses.
This treatment will last several decades, meaning that those people who have lost a tooth at even a young age may not need to concern themselves again with further treatment. Although initially on the higher price range, by looking long term, the investment does work out to be beneficial here as well.
A minor surgical procedure is used to insert a titanium metal implant directly into the jawbone and this is where a single crown, a bridge or a plate is attached. Titanium is used because it fuses with the bone after time, creating the durable and long-lasting result that is so well respected in this profession.
Patients should seek advice from their dentist to determine whether they are viable for this option. They can discuss any concerns or questions they have to ensure they are well informed before moving ahead with this plan.