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Help! I’ve lost my tooth! What a dentist can do to solve tooth loss

Tooth Loss Did you know that losing teeth is one of the most common nightmares in the UK? It’s an anxiety dream, which dream analysts and psychologists rarely believe has anything to do with losing your actual teeth. However, in the waking world tooth loss can quickly become a nightmare come true. If you’ve lost one or more teeth there’s no need to panic, however; just visit your dentist quick smart to discuss tooth replacement solutions.

If you have knocked a tooth out in an accident and still have said tooth, a dentist is often able to reimplant it in the socket. For this to be a possibility the tooth needs to be largely undamaged and kept clean, and you need to book an appointment with an emergency dentist. If it isn’t possible for your dentist to put the tooth back in for whatever reason, they will talk to you about options for replacement.

The traditional methods of replacing lost teeth are dental bridges and full or partial dentures. These can provide an adequate solution, but bridges require support from your adjacent teeth, meaning those teeth have to be healthy, strong, and free from large fillings; paradoxically, healthy tooth structure often needs to be removed to place crowns to support a false tooth/teeth.

Dentures have been used for centuries, but for all that time have been known to get loose as time passes. All Smiles Dental Care in Kent advocates the use of dental implants to replace missing teeth, because they stop the jaw bone shrinking and thus prevent dentures becoming loose.

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Dental implants are titanium replacement tooth roots, which integrate with the jaw bone and support the growth of new bone material and blood vessels. Minor surgery is required to place them, but in most cases this only requires local anaesthetic or dental sedation.

Implants are an ideal solution to all types of tooth loss. A dentist can combine them with a single crown, a bridge, or a denture, providing a permanent and natural-acting set of new teeth.

Designed as a long-term solution to tooth loss, dental implants can last 20 years or more with good hygiene and aftercare.

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