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The Changing Face of Tooth Replacement Technology

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Most people aren’t too bothered about losing one tooth. Maybe it gets knocked out in a bike accident, a game of rugby or another contact sport. Maybe it becomes infected or is so badly decayed that it has to be extracted. And even though missing one tooth may not seem like a big deal, it’s vital for oral health to restore the full set. Whatever the reason, dental implants in Buckinghamshire are a great way to replace missing teeth.

There are good reasons why more and more people are choosing this latest advance in tooth replacement technology over traditional restorations such as removable dentures and bridges. One of reason is to do with the shape of the face. Dentists in Buckinghamshire, such as Smile Design Dental, can explain why this is important in more detail, but let’s take a look at it here first.

Many people have no idea what happens to their jawbone when they start losing teeth, and yet there are important consequences that can have lifelong effects. Over time, the bone around the empty socket loses density. It starts to shrink in width and height and the gums recede. This can cause other teeth nearby to become looser, and maybe even start to tip into the gap.

These consequences from just one lost tooth affect the shape of the face. The distance between the chin and the tip of the nose reduces. The cheeks start to sag. The mouth caves inwards. It’s not long before the poor face-owner starts to look older than they actually are. This is what dental implants in Buckinghamshire prevent, by stopping the onset of bone loss. The jawbone needs the constant stimulation from the teeth clacking together to get the bone to regenerate. Without that stimulation, it starts to melt away.

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In Buckinghamshire, dental implants are made of titanium because it is biocompatible, which means it stimulates bone tissue to grow and then fuses with it. This takes a few months, and then the dentist can insert an internal screw, called an abutment, into the implant, to which they can then attach a single artificial tooth crown, or a bridge of several teeth, or an entire set of upper or lower teeth.

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