Tooth loss is commonly associated with old age but the truth is it can strike at any age. Accident, injury or poor dental health can all result in missing teeth. If you’ve experienced tooth loss it is vital you seek treatment as soon as possible. At Cheltenham Dental Spa we provide the most reliable means to restore missing teeth and rebuild your smile in Cheltenham: dental implants.
Why should you treat your tooth loss now?
Missing teeth can draw attention to your smile for all the wrong reasons. However there are more than cosmetic consequences to tooth loss.
The absence of tooth roots causes the jawbone to deteriorate as it no longer receives vital signals from the teeth clashing together. The gums recede and neighbouring teeth become more likely to fall out.
Missing crowns mean that the remaining teeth have to work harder, become worn down faster and are more likely to become damaged.
Gaps in the teeth also give food debris more places to get lodged, giving bacteria a feast to thrive on, resulting in a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium. They are placed directly into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Here they encourage new bone growth in and around them. This secures them in place, ready for the attachment of replacement teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or even customised dentures. As a single dental implant can support multiple replacement teeth, no matter how many teeth you have lost, dental implants in Cheltenham can effectively restore them all.
Are dental implants right for you?
For treatment with dental implants in Cheltenham to be successful, your general and dental health needs to be in good shape. This means, for example, any tooth decay or gum disease is resolved and diabetes is under control. Your jawbone also needs to be in a good state so that it can support your implants. Years of wearing dentures may mean your jawbone has already degenerated. There is hope however as we offer bone grafting to help rebuild your jawbone.