Tooth loss or missing teeth is a very common and ever-growing problem that affects almost every individual at some point in their lives; they can make simple daily tasks such as eating and speaking uncomfortable or even painful, depending on their location. Unfortunately, missing teeth have many causes, which are often preventable through means of good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits and regular visits to the dentist. Contrary to the past, there is now a permanent solution to tooth loss known as dental implants, which are offered at Domingos Mamede.
What causes loss of teeth?
There are many causes of tooth loss, many of which are preventable or treatable before they fall out. The most common cause of tooth loss is periodontal (gum) disease; this is an oral disease caused by the infection and inflammation of the gums. Other common causes of tooth loss include physical trauma, which can occur during sports or in an accident, tooth decay, which is caused by cavities that are left untreated and specific medications that are generally used to treat autoimmune diseases such as cancer and HIV.
Tooth loss can have many negative consequences; therefore, it is wise to speak to your dentist and have it treated as soon as possible. Missing teeth can also cause you to experience a severe decline in self-confidence while also causing facial muscle pain and speech problems. You may even find that you struggle to chew as your jaws may not align properly when you bite.
Dental implants as a solution
Dental implants Cambridge propose a permanent solution to your missing teeth as the treatment involves replacing the lost tooth root and inserting implants that act as anchors for dentures and crowns. The end goal is to provide you with a natural-looking set of teeth with no gaps. Dental implants Cambridge are medically graded titanium metal screws that can be surgically fixed into your jawbone; the bone surrounding the implant then fuses to it, permanently fixing it in place. Once this occurs, a denture, crown or bridge can be placed on top of the implant, which restores the original functioning of your teeth.
The process of getting dental implants
The first step of getting dental implants Cambridge involves a consultation with Dr Domingos Mamede to thoroughly assess the condition of your teeth and decide whether getting dental implants is an appropriate option for you. Once this is established, Dr Mamede will take X-rays and 3D images of your mouth to create a model of your existing teeth, which will help him select the precise locations of the implants. In cases where there is too much bone loss, Dr Mamede may need to carry out a 3D scan to check whether you require a bone graft or sinus lift so that there is enough bone to fuse to the implant. Finally, the dental implant procedure will take place under local anaesthesia. Dr Mamede will proceed to cut into your gum to drill a small hole into the jawbone where the treatment is required. The dental implant is then inserted into the hole, and the gum is stitched closed. Before a new denture or crown is placed onto the implant, your bone and gums will require some time to heal; however, Dr Mamede may offer you provisional teeth until the implant is ready to use.