Importance of good oral health to prevent tooth loss

Tooth loss as an adult is a distressing, uncomfortable and often embarrassing situation to find yourself in. The main cause of tooth loss is poor oral hygiene which causes issues such as cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and periodontal disease and if left untreated then these issues can eventually result in the tooth falling out. A good oral hygiene routine and regular visits to your dentist for full examinations of your mouth and professional cleaning where necessary is important in maintaining good oral health. Our dentist can clean any plaque and tartar build-up which cannot be removed at home which will help keep your teeth clean and healthy. Also in the event of any problems with your teeth and gums, if you are visiting your dentist on a regular basis, this will help ensure that any problems can be diagnosed early, treated simply and successfully and further complications in the future can be prevented.

In the event of tooth loss, whether as a result of poor oral hygiene, dental issues or even accident and trauma, although it may be upsetting at first, speak to your dentist as soon as possible as there are many options available to help replace your teeth. Whether you are looking to replace one tooth or a whole set of teeth, speak to us at Domingos Mamede to find out how dental implants Cambridge may be the best solution for you.

What are dental implants and what is the procedure involved?

Dental implants Cambridge are an increasingly popular choice of tooth replacement therapy amongst dentists and patients. Dental implants Cambridge are small components made of titanium, which are designed to be permanent fixtures which fuse to the alveolar bone of your jaw and become a strong support for the replacement tooth or teeth following tooth loss. The implant is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth and a natural process known as osseointegration causes the surrounding osteoblasts, which are the bone cells, to grow around the dental implant so that it becomes permanently secured into the bone. This is a process which can require up to 12 weeks for successful osseointegration to occur and during this time visiting the dentist will help make sure that the process is progressing well. Once the dentist is happy that the implant has successfully and permanently fused into the bone, a small connector post, known as an abutment, is attached to the implant and this is what the new tooth is joined to, to help attach it securely in place. The replacement tooth or teeth are developed using impressions, X-rays or scans of your existing teeth and either crowns or dentures are made according to your individual requirements. These can then be fixed securely in place or removable dentures can also be used on dental implants to help suit your personal preferences.

Speak to your dentist here at Domingos Mamede to find out about the advantages that dental implants in Cambridge can have for you and how you can smile happily and confidently again soon.