Even though we’d all love to hang on to all our teeth until the day we die, the truth is that most of us are going to lose a few, if not all of them as we grow older.
Decay is far less likely to be the cause because people in the UK are better at cleaning their teeth and having regular check-ups, which gives dentists a chance to nip decay in the bud. Gum disease is a different matter, however. Left unchecked, and it often is, gum disease not only attacks the gums, it can attack the bone holding the tooth in place. The teeth become progressively looser and then fall out. And once there’s a gap, the neighbouring teeth can also become looser and fall out.
A secure solution
In Camden, dental implants are becoming the first choice at Ace Dental for replacing teeth. There are several good reasons why. All of them are to do with the fact that dental implants replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.
Dental implants have been around for decades. They replace the tooth root with a screw-shaped titanium post. Titanium is a highly biocompatible material, which encourages the body to create new tissue around it and the two integrate together. This holds the implant firmly in place, which, when it comes to biting and chewing, is vitally important. The average adult male has a chewing pressure of 97kg or 200lbs, which implants can cope with very well. Dentures, on the other hand, can only cope with about a quarter of this pressure. Having implants means being able to bite and eat as normal, and thus continue to eat a wide and nutritious diet. Needless to say, getting good nutrition in old age is more important than ever for good bodily function. Implants are also easy to keep clean; diligent brushing and flossing are all that is required.
What’s more, dental implants last for decades, unlike other replacement options that have to be replaced every 5–10 years. This makes the large initial investment seem much more affordable in the long-term.Back to Blog