‘Losing your teeth’ – three words capable of inspiring fear in even the most hardened and resilient individuals. Teeth are such a cardinal part of the human body that the risk of taking them for granted can be incredibly high, and unfortunately it can take only a minor period without giving them due care and attention to bring lasting consequences. Fortunately, advancements in medical and dental technology mean that the reality facing those afflicted with tooth loss is far less harsh than it has been in the past, and dental implants in particular have been instrumental in ensuring that tooth less needn’t be totally disastrous when treated early enough.
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Naturally, dental implants are an ideal solution for those who have lost teeth through injury or periodontal disease, although in the case of the latter the extent of said disease can prove to be a limiting factor in more severe cases. When the existing circumstances are at their most ideal – generally speaking, all-round healthy gums are incredibly desirable – then the effectiveness of dental implants as a solution to tooth damage or loss is extremely high. With the combined expertise of your dentist and your periodontist (specialists in the gums and the areas underlying your mouth) it is entirely possible that once treatment has finished, it is actually almost – if not totally – impossible to tell with the naked eye that any work has been performed at all.
The strength of your jawbone, too, is an important factor to consider and patients with a history of problems in this area are strongly recommended to consult a dental professional before committing to any treatment. This is an incredibly pertinent consideration, as the implant process involves inserting an artificial tooth root into or onto the jawbone in order to secure it into place – fear not, though, as your dentist will be able to offer advice should you feel at risk of reduced success from the implant procedure.
However, it is important to note that despite being artificial in nature, dental implants and the replacement teeth they bring with them still require the same prolonged care and attention as the ordinary teeth you were born with. Regular brushing is still as much a necessity as it was before, and flossing is just as strongly encouraged in order to avoid build-up of plaque and bacteria in more difficult to brush areas. If this goes unchecked, you run the very real risk of exacerbating your oral problems even further, creating a never-ending cycle of corrective surgery and recovery – and nobody really wants that, do they?
So what next? Well, if you have even the slightest feeling that dental implants might be something that you require, do not hesitate to speak to us at Complete Dental Health! Dr Luis Gomez and his team of knowledgeable and experienced staff are here to make full use of their years of expertise to help you reach a desirable conclusion – give us a call today on 954-228-2963!