Get teeth that work
If you are faced with extraction, or you have had some teeth knocked out, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we recommend that you replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Berkshire.
The reason we recommend dental implants is that they are the only method of tooth replacement that properly mimics your natural teeth by replacing the root of the tooth as well as the crown. You need your tooth roots. They may not show when you smile, but it’s your tooth roots that make chewing and speaking possible.
When you replace your teeth with something that doesn’t replace the roots, such as dentures, you’ll never get as good a chew as you do with your natural teeth. Dentures rely on suction to the gums to stay put, and even when they fit really well, they can only give you about a quarter of the power of your natural chew. Imagine what that means in terms of what you can and cannot eat. All sorts of delicious healthy, crunchy things like celery and apples are off the menu and you’ll be pretty much confined to a soft food diet.
The other thing about replacing the roots of your teeth is that dental implants help preserve the strength and integrity of your jawbone. When you lose a tooth root, the jawbone around where it used to be no longer receives the vibrations that tell it to renew itself. In fact, it doesn’t just sit there, it actively starts to dissolve itself, sending the calcium and other nutrients from the bone for use elsewhere in the body.
This dissolving process kicks in almost as soon as you lose a tooth, so if you want dental implants, it’s best to come in for a consultation as soon as you. You can lose up to 25% of the jawbone around a lost tooth in just a year after it’s failed.
If you have left it a while, come in for a consultation anyway. If your jawbone has deteriorated, we may be able to build it up back with a bone graft or do some other kind of preparatory work.