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19 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8GE

Why Is Replacing Missing Teeth So Crucial To Oral Health

Introduction to 19 Wimpole Street Dental Practice

Welcome to 19 Wimpole Street, the home of premier dental care in the heart of Marylebone. We’re a leading dental practice dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using state-of-the-art procedures. Our mission is not only to treat dental issues but also to educate our patients on the importance of oral health, including the need for replacing missing teeth.

Our team of dental professionals is committed to providing personalised care and service. We ensure that every patient gets the attention they deserve, with a focus on their comfort and satisfaction. We understand that dental procedures can be daunting, but at 19 Wimpole Street, we strive to create a relaxed and welcoming environment.

In this article, we will delve into the importance of replacing missing teeth for oral health.

The Consequences of Not Replacing Missing Teeth

One of the common misconceptions is that missing teeth, especially those not visible when you smile, doesn’t require replacement. But the truth is, that failing to replace missing teeth can lead to several oral health problems.

Firstly, a missing tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, resulting in a bad bite and misaligned teeth. This can lead to difficulties in chewing and speaking. Secondly, missing teeth can lead to bone loss in your jaw. The roots of your teeth stimulate and maintain the bones of your jaws. When a tooth is missing, the bone no longer receives the necessary stimulation, leading to bone loss.

Moreover, missing teeth can impact your overall appearance. It can cause facial sagging and premature ageing. More importantly, missing teeth can also impact your self-confidence and quality of life. It can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and prevent you from fully expressing yourself.

Dental Implants: A Permanent Solution for Missing Teeth

One of the most effective solutions for missing teeth is dental implants. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. It is placed in the bone of the jaw and allowed to bond with the bone to serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth.

Dental implants offer several advantages. They provide a permanent solution to tooth loss that feels and looks like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, they do not slip or click when you talk, laugh or eat. Dental implants also preserve the integrity of facial structures. By preventing the bone resorption that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, the facial structures remain intact.

Furthermore, dental implants don’t compromise the health of adjacent teeth. In the case of bridges, the adjacent teeth need to be cut down. But with dental implants, no such process is necessary, thus preserving the natural tooth structure.

Crowns and Bridges: An Alternative Tooth Replacement Option

While dental implants are an excellent option for tooth replacement, they might not be suitable for everyone. In such cases, crowns and bridges serve as viable alternatives.

A crown, also known as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A bridge, on the other hand, is recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, leading to a bad bite. A bridge helps prevent this from happening.

Crowns and bridges are durable and will last many years with proper care. Moreover, they offer a natural, tooth-like appearance, improving not just your oral health but also your smile and self-esteem

How to Maintain Oral Health Post-Tooth Replacement

Tooth replacement is just the first step towards restoring oral health. It is equally important to maintain good oral hygiene post-procedure to ensure the longevity of your dental implants, crowns or bridges.

Regular brushing and flossing are essential. Also, make sure to keep up with your routine dental check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can help spot any potential issues early and provide the necessary treatment. Avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage your implants or crowns.

Lastly, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can contribute significantly to oral health. A balanced diet, avoiding tobacco and limiting alcohol are all beneficial for your oral health.

Why Oral Health Matters

At 19 Wimpole Street, we firmly believe that oral health is a critical component of overall health and well-being. Missing teeth, if untreated, can lead to severe oral health issues and impact your quality of life. With dental solutions like dental implants, crowns, and bridges, we can help restore your smile and oral health.

We invite you to visit our practice in Marylebone and discover the difference we can make in your life. Whether you require a routine check-up or a more advanced procedure, our team of dedicated professionals is here to provide the care and service you deserve.

In the end, remember that your smile is an investment in your health, confidence, and happiness. Don’t let missing teeth hold you back from living your life to the fullest. Take the first step towards a healthier, brighter smile today.