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Fill the gap with dental implants in Berkshire

Even though we’d all love to go the grave with every one of our teeth still firmly embedded in our jawbones, in reality most of us are going to lose a few, if not all of them as we grow older.

Decay is now less likely to be the cause of tooth loss because people in the UK have become better at cleaning their teeth and having regular check-ups. This gives dentists a chance to nip decay in the bud. Gum disease is a whole other ball game, however. Left untreated, as so often happens, gum disease moves on from attacking the gums to attacking the bone holding the tooth in place. As the bone is eaten away, the teeth become looser and eventually fall out. The problem that is that, now there’s a gap, the neighbouring teeth can also become looser and fall out.

Dental Implants in BerkshireIn Berkshire, dental implants are becoming people’s first choice for tooth replacement at Old Windsor Dental Practice, for several good reasons. All come down to the fact that dental implants replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

Dental implants have been available since the 1980s. They replace the tooth root with a post or screw-shaped titanium post. Titanium is a highly biocompatible material. It encourages the body to create new tissue around it, and the two integrate. The jawbone can then hold the implant firmly in place, which, when it comes to biting and chewing, is of paramount importance.

Eating

Implants can easily cope with the average adult male chewing pressures of 97kg or 200lbs. On the other hand, dentures can only cope with about a quarter of this pressure. With implants, being able to bite and eat as normal ensures a wide and nutritious diet. And this can make a huge difference in old age, when getting good nutrition is more important than ever for good bodily function.

Cleaning

All that is required to keep implants clean is diligent brushing and flossing.

Replacing

Dental implants can last for decades. Other replacement options have to be replaced every 5-10 years. So, the large initial investment seems much more affordable in the long-term.