If you’ve lost one of your teeth due to injury or decay then there are various reasons to be looking for tooth replacement options such as a dental implant. At Belfast’s Blue Sky Dentistry, we have been placing dental implants for several years and our patients tell us that they are so pleased they made the decision to opt for implants.
A missing tooth can have far reaching effects. The first thing that springs to mind is the unsightly gap which the missing tooth leaves behind, but if the missing tooth is in the rear of your jaw, then you may not be too bothered. However, there are several other outcomes which you may not be aware of and which really need to be addressed.
Teeth are vital for a person to be able to chew their food properly and even the loss of a single tooth can present problems. As well as losing the chewing ability of the lost tooth, the opposing tooth also becomes non-functional since it has nothing to chew against. What happens when one tooth is missing is that it can cause the forces absorbed by all the teeth to be transferred unevenly amongst the other teeth causing wear and tear on neighbouring teeth which will eventually damage them.
Teeth also use their roots to promote bone volume and stability in the jaw. When a tooth root is missing it causes the bone in that area to fade away in a process known as resorption. If that root is never replaced then bone loss will steadily continue and may lead to other teeth in that vicinity loosening and falling out.
Surrounding teeth both opposite and next to the missing tooth may also start to shift and move closer to the space causing a misalignment in a person’s bite as well as making it harder for them to keep their teeth clean.
Teeth are also involved when you speak and depending on where your tooth is missing, this can compromise your speech too.
Fortunately, an implant dentist in Belfast or elsewhere in Northern Ireland can solve all of these issues. A dental implant is the only device which replaces the entire tooth structure of the missing tooth, and not just the crown. When an implant is placed, the surrounding bone fuses with it to create a permanent bond between the body and the implant and replacing the missing root. Because of their design they look and function just as a natural tooth.
If you’ve lost a tooth then it’s important to start planning its replacement as soon as you can before any jaw erosion takes place. This is extremely important for those patients considering a dental implant in Northern Ireland, since the success of an implant depends on there being sufficient bone depth to sustain the implant. Call us right away on 028 9068 7722 to book a free initial consultation and kick-start the proceedings. Alternatively you can visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com for further information.