Teeth are pretty tenacious, resilient and strong – the strongest bone in the body in fact. Everyday, teeth put up with so much, making tiny connections with one another when we speak, chew and bite. Whilst other parts of the body have the ability to heal themselves, teeth unfortunately, don’t have this Doctor Who-like power. All the more reason to care for them. However, there are occasions when we lose a natural tooth and we can’t stress how important it is to replace the vacant gap as soon as possible.
Prevent neighbouring teeth from moving
A missing tooth quickly becomes an issue for neighbouring, causing them to shift out of position which can then require orthodontic intervention. This type of intervention can be expensive, require several appointments and require sacrifices your day-to-day life. Avoid this by addressing a missing tooth as soon as possible.
Protect your jaw
Your teeth play a huge role in preserving your jawbone, giving it the stimulation it needs to repair itself and support your teeth. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone is no longer stimulated in the way it should be and the bone at the site of the missing tooth starts to shrink. Whilst dentures are effective in restoring tooth function, they can’t protect against jawbone shrinkage, also known as resorption. Dental implants are the only way to save the jawbone from disappearing completely and addressing it as soon as possible will prevent your appearance from changing. Jawbone resorption can cause facial collapse, compromising your mental health as well as your physical health.
Reduce your chances of infections
When you lose a tooth, a wound is left in your gum tissue, which leaves you open to spreading bacteria and the chance of developing an infection. Not only are gum infections painful, they can also cause gum disease which can lead to further tooth loss. Replacing the missing tooth will benefit your other teeth and protect your gums, which are the foundation to healthy teeth.
Contact our friendly and welcoming team here in Lewisham to book your appointment today. Our practice is easily accessible, being less than a 10-minute walk from Deptford Bridge DLR and a short walk from numerous bus stops. If you’re looking for a Beckenham dentist, we are only a 25-minute drive away here in Lewisham.