Missing Teeth: All Is Not Lost

Guy smiling with missing tooth

Losing a tooth may not seem like a big deal at first. Having a gap in the smile could even be seen as a bit cool and edgy, especially for those who were unlucky enough to have a tooth knocked out while young, playing sport, or in an accident. But it’s not a good idea to leave that space empty for ever. Without the hundreds of tiny taps that the jawbone receives from the tooth root every day, the body believes that the bone is no longer needed there and so begins to dissolve to use the nutrients in other areas. This can cause the face to sag, giving a prematurely sunken, aged look. Not so cool.

In Windsor, dental implants are an increasingly popular way to restore missing teeth at surgeries such as Old Windsor Dental Practice. These tiny titanium miracles have many advantages over other forms of replacement teeth, because they are the only method that restores the root of the tooth (under the gumline) as well as the crown (the visible chewing surface). This prevents the face from sagging and can even help to restore the jawbone.

Restoring the jaw

The jawbone can lose up to 25% of its density where a tooth has fallen out in the first year alone. The sooner a dental implant in Windsor is placed, the more likely it is to be able to help restore the jawbone. If bone density has been lost, it is still possible to fit a dental implant. There are different ways to address the problem – let’s take a look at three of them.

Bone graft

Bone is taken from another area of the body to boost the density of the jawbone, making it suitable to receive a dental implant in Windsor. It may take more than one operation for the graft to successfully take.

Sinus lift

This is for increasing bone density in the top arch of the mouth. Bone is added between the sinuses and the upper jaw, which can be taken from other areas in the mouth or it can be synthetic.

Zygomatic implants

These longer implants are fitted into the cheekbone, thus eliminating the need for the extra surgery.