Did you know that according to statistics from National Smile Month, a whopping 74% of all adults have had to have a tooth extracted?
Do you have a missing tooth? It can really affect your self-confidence and make you feel embarrassed to smile, particularly if it’s in a noticeable place.
There is a solution, dental implants, are a great way to replace missing teeth. Below we explain the process and examine some of the benefits of dental implants:-
Dental Implants – How do they work?
A dental implant in simple terms acts as your tooth root. A titanium post is surgically positioned into your jawbone beneath the gum line, and this new ‘root’ allows the dentist to add replacement teeth or a bridge to that area.
Benefits of dental implants
- They act the same as your natural teeth and do not move. Unlike dentures that can slip when you speak or eat, dental implants stay in place
- They are a well-established and safe and effective way of replacing teeth
- They help to protect the jawbone and prevent the other teeth from moving out of place
- They stop food and debris getting stuck in gaps and potentially causing gum disease
- They can increase self-confidence as you no longer have gaps in your teeth when you smile
- They can greatly improve speech, and you can eat the foods you like
- Implants are usually fitted under a local anaesthetic, so they are not painful to fit, although you may experience some general discomfort over the following weeks
- They last for a long time and usually at least 15 years or more
Good overall health is important when your dentist is considering dental implants for you. Patients who are heavy smokers or who have diabetes have a greater risk of developing gum disease or infections following the implant surgery. The general health of the gums and jawbone will be the main factors taken into consideration when deciding if dental implants are right for you.
Over 95% of implants are successful, and with good levels of oral hygiene and regular long-term care, the dental implants can last for over 15 years.
If you would like to discuss whether dental implants would be appropriate for you, please give us a call on 01757 705 607 for a consultation. You don’t have to suffer from missing teeth, and we have various payment scheme, with which you may be able to benefit.
Abbey Dental Care – National Smile Month News
National Smile Month is celebrating its 41st birthday this year! That’s a great number of years to be spreading the word about oral health and how to achieve and maintain a healthy mouth. However, there’s still work to be done.
The three main messages of this year’s campaign are to brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time in the day with fluoride toothpaste; cut down on sugary food and drinks and finally to visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
National Smile Month is for all dental and health professionals. As well as schools, pharmacies, colleges and community groups, which take part. In fact, it’s for anyone with interest in good oral care who would like to deliver a positive message about how to look after our teeth and gums and to improve the quality of people’s smiles within the UK.
There are thousands of events and activities occurring throughout the UK this month for National Smile Month, from 15th May to 15th June. To find out more about what’s on in your area, visit http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/events/
As well as promoting visiting your dentist regularly, there are also some top tips for a healthy mouth:-
- Clean in between your teeth with an inter-dental brush or floss regularly
- Don’t use mouthwash directly after brushing as you rinse away the fluoride from the toothpaste
- Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if the toothbrush becomes frayed
- To check if you have bad breath, lick your wrist, let it dry, then smell it, and if it smells then it’s likely your breath does to
- Avoid snacking and try to only have sugary foods and drinks at mealtimes as this reduces the time your tooth enamel is under attack from sugar
- Finishing a meal with a piece of cheese helps reduce the effects of acids from the foods damaging your teeth
Alongside those top tips, we liked some National Smile Month fun facts, such as:-
- ‘It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile.’
- ‘61% of us have been attracted to somebody by their smile alone!’
If you would like to contact us about any oral health concerns you may have or to book an appointment to improve your smile, please call 01757 705 607 or visit: