According to Colgate, 50% of adults over 30 have experienced, or are experiencing, some form of gum disease. This is not only preventable by looking after your teeth properly, but it can also be avoided by having dental implants fitted to replace missing teeth.
Gum disease is caused by food particles being left on the teeth after brushing and then moving down to the gum line. If your teeth aren’t straight, then you’ll find it harder to brush away stubborn particles due to the hidden surfaces of overlapping teeth.
Not having a tooth replacement can lead to gum disease
One of the fastest ways to cause unintentional bad alignment in your teeth as an adult, is by not replacing teeth as soon as you lose them. Your teeth will naturally shift into spaces that are created through tooth-loss or extraction and it’s highly unlikely that they’re going to shift in a uniform manner, to maintain the straightness of your current smile. This means you’ll be more vulnerable to gum disease and cavities.
Once you have been diagnosed with gum disease in some form, you’ll need gum therapy to get rid of it. A connection has been made between untreated gum disease and more serious health conditions, such as strokes, heart attacks and diabetes, so the result of ignoring the symptoms of gum disease could prove to have more severe results than you may have been expecting.
More health side effects of waiting too long before having dental implants
When you lose a tooth, either through injury or extraction, the jawbone below the gap can begin to atrophy. Without a root there to stimulate it, it becomes weak, and once this happens, having an implant fitted can become a more invasive procedure.
Getting a dental implant as soon as possible after losing teeth means you’ll stand a better chance of maintaining the natural strength of your jawbone and preventing your face from gaining the prematurely ageing ‘caved in’ look caused by not having any sort of tooth replacement.
If you do decide to opt for a dental implant, which consists of a natural looking crown being placed on top of a titanium root, which is inserted into your jaw, you’ll not only achieve a beautiful smile, but also prevent eating and speech problems that are commonly associated with having missing teeth.
To replace missing teeth, or simply find out more about the tooth implant services we offer, including implant supported dentures, please get in touch with the Manor Dental Health surgery in Hull. We’ll be able to assess the quality of the jawbone in order to provide you with information on how long the process and recovery period will take.
Please bear in mind that once your gum has healed from having your dental implants fitted, you’ll be able to treat it just as you would a natural tooth; relying on it to look great and not fall out at inopportune moments, as traditional dentures have been known to do.
Our experienced team of Hull-based dentists will be able to answer any queries you might have, as well as complete the treatment in a safe, cost-effective manner. Please get in touch.