The Detrimental Effects of Missing Teeth

Man Missing a ToothMost people think that the worst thing about missing teeth is that gaps can look unsightly. Unfortunately, there are more detrimental effects to missing teeth than just looking bad. Jawbone deterioration starts to occur as soon as a tooth is extracted or lost. With the loss of teeth and jawbone deterioration, the face collapses inwards, causing a premature aged look. A full set of teeth hold each other in place, similar to bricks supporting one another in an arch. Have one missing tooth and that can cause surrounding healthy teeth to ‘drift’, resulting in healthy teeth shifting out of alignment.

A tooth restoration treatment to solve all problems

In Bromley, dental implants are a tooth restoration treatment that can be the answer to all the problems faced when missing teeth. The patient will need to be assessed on the health of their gums, jawbone and overall mouth in order for a dentist to say whether they are a suitable candidate for dental implants. The dentist can then put together a treatment plan detailing the number of implants required, and where they need to go, and a schedule of appointments to achieve this. Dental practices, such as Bromley Dental Practice, are happy to carry out detailed consultations. Dental implants in Bromley allow patients to have a great smile and pursue a healthier diet, giving them more freedom in their food choices.

What are dental implants in Bromley?

The thing about dental implants is they are designed to look and work exactly like natural teeth. The implants themselves consist of small titanium screws that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. The bone and titanium fuse together perfectly over a period of weeks. After the healing period, the patient will then return to get their new crowns fixed onto the implant. The new crowns will be closely matched in colour and shape to the patient’s original teeth so that they blend in. Dental implants in Bromley are designed to be long-lasting, but the patient needs to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. This means twice daily brushing and plaque removal, as well as bi-annual hygienist sessions to remove tartar.