Report Shows That 42% of Children Have Not Had a Dental Checkup in the Last Year

NHS Digital (the new name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre) recently uncovered some alarming statistics regarding children’s dental health In the UK.

That equates to almost 5,000,000 children not being seen by an NHS dentist in 2015/16. Guidelines state that children should visit the dentist regularly, at least every year.

The NHS Digital report showed that:

  • 917,346 tooth extractions were performed on children..
  • Extractions were most common in South Tyneside  with one for every six children and adults.
  • The Blackpool and Medway region was next with one’s extraction for every seven people.
  • The lowest in the country was Richmond-upon-Thames with one extraction on the NHS in every 39 people.

Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the faculty of dental surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, said of the new data:

“There is nothing to smile about in these woeful statistics.

“With the average five-year-old now eating their own weight in sugar each year, it is alarming that 42.1% of children failed to visit an NHS dentist at all in the last year.

“It is appalling that in the 21st century, tooth decay remains the most common reason why children aged five to nine are admitted to hospital. In some cases, these children undergo multiple tooth extractions under general anaesthetic – despite the fact that tooth decay is almost entirely preventable.

“We are failing to address this issue of improving children’s access to an NHS dentist and we urge ministers to act.”

Looking at things a little more locally, the NHS Oral Health Strategy 2012 – 2015 (Devon and Torbay) states:

Oral health is an integral part of general health and wellbeing. Good oral health enables individuals to communicate effectively, to eat and enjoy a variety of foods, and is important in overall quality of life, self-esteem and social confidence

We all know that children learn their behaviours from adults, so it’s vitally important to ensure you look after your own teeth and oral health, for yourself and your children.

The effects of poor dental hygiene on your body.

Oral health affects your whole body

As can be seen from the image here there is a significant link  between your oral health and your overall body health.

Diabetes. 95% of adults in America with diabetes also have periodontal disease and a third have advanced periodontal disease that has led to tooth loss.

Erectile dysfunction. Periodontal bacteria can travel through the bloodstream, inflaming blood vessels and blocking blood flow. Men with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men with good dental hygiene!

Heart disease. A study in the Netherlands of more than 60,000 patients showed that people with periodontal disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease. The researchers in the study found that 4% of patients with peritonitis had  atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, compared to 2% without periodontitis. Even after taking other risk factors for cardiovascular disease into account such as diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure those with periodontal disease was still 59% more likely to have a history  of heart problems.

How to brush your children’s teeth and stay dentally fit

How to brush children's teeth

  1. Divide the mouth into six sections (Upper left back teeth, upper front teeth, upper right back teeth, lower left back teeth, lower front teeth, lower right back teeth) and take 20 seconds to brush each.
  2. Within each section brush the inner,  outer and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  3. Use a fluoride toothpaste.
  4. Supervise brushing up until the age of seven  years old.
  5. Brush twice a day.

If you follow this guide you will stand a much lower chance of developing tooth decay and cavities which can lead onto periodontal disease if left untreated.

 

Dental Cavities and Fillings, What You Need to Know

Decay and cavitiesIn this blog post our Barnstaple dentist takes a detailed look at dental cavities and fillings.

What is a dental cavity?

tooth decayA dental cavity forms when the outer surface of your teeth are attacked by acid excreting bacteria. The bacteria excrete acid as they digest sugar in your diet. The cavities can become larger as more bacteria sit in the cavity, excreting more and more acid.

In the beginning small cavities may have zero pain as they are in the outer surface of the tooth, but as they deepen and get closer to the nerve your teeth may become more sensitive or even painful whilst eating or drinking, particularly hot or cold food/drink.

This deteriorating process is known as a dental decay.

What is a dental filling?

A filling is simply filling up this cavity with a suitable material, your dentist will remove any decay and then fill the cavity back up to the original contour of the tooth.

What do they fill cavities with?

The exact material used to fill a cavity depends upon various factors:

  • The size of the cavity
  • The location of the cavity (in between the teeth, on the biting surface, on the front of the teeth etc.)
  • The philosophy of the dental practice, some practices prefer not to use mercury containing amalgam.
  • Affordability

What is a filling made of?

Depending on the criteria listed above there are a variety of filling materials which can be used.

Amalgam

This is a malleable metal alloy containing mercury. It has been shown to be extremely durable as a dental filling material and lasts many years. It does not however look particularly attractive.

Gold

Gold is virtually inert and is very well tolerated by the body. It’s highly polished surface also very closely matches the surface of dental enamel when viewed microscopically. This means it does not wear the opposing teeth and can be considered a highly biocompatible material.

Many people like the look of gold, it does not however look particularly natural and some people prefer to have a more natural looking filling.

Porcelain

Dental porcelain is made by combining various minerals with quartz, effectively making dental granite, an extremely hard and durable material! The porcelain is naturally tooth coloured and can be made highly aesthetic to blend in with the surrounding teeth. A porcelain filling will be made by a dental technician; this adds time to the procedure which means a porcelain filling often takes two weeks to complete.

Dental bonding.

Your dentist can also use a tooth coloured composite material to pack into the cavity once the diseased area has been removed. This has the advantage of being highly aesthetic and also highly convenient as it can be placed in one appointment. Dental bonding does however tend to discolour over time so may need to be replaced more often.

The cavity filling procedure

The procedure for having a cavity filled depends upon the material being used, generally the procedure will be similar to the following:

  1. Either your dentist or you notice the cavity and decide to take action.
  2. A discussion is had as to the best material to use clinically, there may be a few options which can be discussed that have different prices.
  3. A decision about the material is made, based on this decision the dentist will prepare the cavity accordingly. Some materials require specific shaped cavities in which to fit and so your dentist will prepare the cavity in the correct way.
  4. If you are having a direct dental bonding them the composite material will be placed directly, if not your dentist will take an impression of the prepared cavity, place a temporary filling and send this impression off to the dental laboratory to have the new restoration manufactured.
  5. If you had a dental bonding composite filling then step 4 would have been your last stage, if a dental laboratory is manufacturing your filling then this will be returned approximately 2 weeks later and you will visit the dentist to have this fitted.
  6. A review of this filling will take place at your six monthly check-up at the dentist.

Tooth cavity fillings at home

There are cavity filling kits available in various pharmacies and online. They may seem like a cheap and convenient option however they should never be used as a permanent solution.

Home kits may well fill the cavity however the chances are you will be filling over bacteria which will continue to cause dental decay underneath. This means you may not notice this decay until it has reached the nerve of your tooth, by which time more expensive dental procedures may be required.

If you need to use a tooth cavity filling at home, consider this an emergency repair and always make an appointment to visit your dentist within the next week or so.

Preventing dental cavities

It is always better to prevent problems arising in the first place rather than try to cure them once they do. The best way to prevent dental cavities is to:

  • clean your teeth twice per day for 2 min using a fluoride releasing toothpaste.
  • Clean in between your teeth with an interdental brush or floss.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash after meals but NOT after brushing.
  • Visit your dentist regularly as they will be able to detect the tiniest cavities in places that you cannot see.

By doing everything you can to prevent cavities forming and then visiting your dentist regularly so that if there is any decay it can be dealt with quickly and simply, you can keep the cost of dentistry down and ensure you remain fit and healthy for life.

Our North Devon based dentist is here to help you stay dentally fit for life, keeping dental decay and cavities to the absolute minimum.

Are Sports Drinks Destroying Your Teeth and a Risk to Your Health?

sports-drinksSome recent research from the University of Cardiff showed that of the 160 children that responded to their survey 89.4% of them stated that they drank sports drinks with half of them drinking them at least twice a week. These drinks are intended to improve performance and keep athletes hydrated and are not intended to be drank as recreational drinks, especially by young people.

Drinking these drinks has been marketed as being fashionable, trendy and often healthy which has led to a surge in popularity amongst the younger members of our population.

The main reasons for consuming these drinks was attributed to the nice taste (90% of respondents) With 80.4% of respondents purchasing the drinks from local shops. 77.9% of boys came to drink sports drinks during physical activity whilst only 48.6% of girls claimed the same thing however, more girls claim to drink socially, 51.4% compared to 48.5% for boys.

Alarmingly, a study reported in the independent.ie says that 55% of the sports drinks consumed at home rather than during any exercise at all!

The problem is not the sports drinks themselves, the problem is the fact that these drinks are formulated for enhanced exercise performance. The sugar in sports drinks is there to give fast absorption of carbohydrate so that the muscles can run at peak performance. Yet if these drinks are consumed with out the physical exercise then the body is not using the sugar in this way.

Lucozade sport, for example Contains 27 g of sugar or 7 teaspoons worth in a 750 mL bottle. The world health organisation recommends people consume a maximum of 50 g of added sugar per day, meaning one bottle of Lucozade sport is more than 50% of your daily recommended intake.

Obesity expert Dr Donal O’Shea says:

“If you’re a gold medal Olympian who’s burning 6,000 calories a day and can’t eat enough to replace that, maybe a sports drink is okay, but for everyone else they have no benefit,”

The government’s recent launch of their Change4Life campaign of the Sugar Smart app goes a long way to helping children understand how much sugar is contained in various drinks, because this is an app, children find it more interactive and a useful way to scan their favourite drinks to see how much sugar is included.

What are the risks to your dental health of too much sugar?

We’ve written in other blog posts about the effects of too much sugar with regards to diabetes and obesity but there are also risks to your dental health.

Dental decay is caused by the acid excreting from the bacteria in your mouth, these bacteria feed prolifically on the sugar in your diet, the more sugar you have, the more they feed on the more acid they excrete.

In the most part your saliva neutralises this acid but it can only work to a certain degree, too much acid and it attacks your teeth and causes dental decay.

One of the biggest problems is that these bacteria lurk in between your teeth which is notoriously difficult to clean, this is why using an interdental brush or floss is absolutely vital for maintaining your dental health.

Ways to reduce sugar intake

Tt is fairly easy to limit the amount of added sugar that you put on food, more difficult is being aware of the sugar that you don’t know you are eating. It’s important to doublecheck  things like sauces, dressings, cereals plus  prepackaged food like soup and ready meals.

Fizzy drinks contain a huge amount of sugar, a 500 mL bottle of cola contains the equivalent of 17 cubes of sugar. Even  when you drink fruit juice you are still consuming a large amount of additional sugar.

Here are a few additional tips to reduce sugar intake:

  • Consider sweeteners in moderation instead of adding sugar.
  • Remove the temptation of adding sugar by not putting  it on the table in the first place. Remember, syrup and honey also contain sugar, so keep these safely in the cupboard also.
  • Enhance your food with spices instead of sugar, things like ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg can add interesting flavours without adding sugar.
  • Purchase sugarfree drinks or get into the habit of drinking water, perhaps with a slice of lemon or lime to give it a fresh taste.
  • When baking reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe by up to 1/2, often you won’t notice any difference.
  • If you purchase tinned fruit, make sure it is in water or natural juices rather than in syrup.
  • If you like sugary cereal, rather than add sugar, experiment with different fruits such as bananas, cherries, strawberries or dried fruits such as apricots, raisins or cranberries.

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Are you mouth cancer aware?

Mouth cancer is a very common yet also very treatable form of mouth cancer.

Could you be at risk? What can you do to lower the risk factors? How can you spot the early warning signs of mouth cancer? We answer all of this and more in our most recent blog post, but first, here are some oral cancer statistics.

Cases

The following are some statistics of oral cancer taken from Cancer Research UK (1).

  • 91%  are preventable cases of oral cancer, UK
  • 2119 Deaths from oral cancer, 2012, UK
  • 6767 New cases of oral cancer, 2011, UK

About mouth cancer

  1. Mouth cancer is a disease which can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat
  2. There are more than 6,700 new cases of mouth cancer diagnosed in the UK each year
  3. Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, but it is more common in people over 40, particularly men
  4. Mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women
  5. The number of new cases of mouth cancer is on the increase

What causes mouth cancer?

  • Smoking causes around 75% of all mouth cancer cases
  • Drinking alcohol to excess can increase mouth cancer risks by four times
  • Those who smoke and drink to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop the disease
  • An unhealthy diet has also been linked to mouth cancer
  • Over-exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips
  • The Human Papillomavirus, transmitted via oral sex, is increasingly being linked to mouth cancer in younger people

What you can look out for…

  • Mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek
  • Given early detection is so crucial with mouth cancer, it is important that everyone knows the signs and symptoms. These include: Ulcers which do not heal three weeks, Red and white patches in the mouth, Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth
  • If any of these are noticed, it is essential that you tell your dentist or doctor immediately

Early detection is vital

  • Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination
  • Please do talk about the examination with your dental professional – they will be more than happy to talk through exactly what they are doing, where they are looking, and what they are searching for
  • If mouth cancer is recognised early, then the chances of a cure are good
  • Many people with mouth cancer go to their dentist or doctor too late
  • It is important to visit your dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist regularly, as often as they recommend

How you can make sure that your mouth stays healthy?

  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
  • Look out for any changes in your mouth, and report any red or white patches, unusual lumps and swellings, or ulcers that have not cleared up within three weeks
  • When exposed to the sun, be sure to use protective sun cream
  • A good diet, rich in vitamins A, C and E, provides protection against the development of mouth cancer
  • Cut down on your smoking and drinking

Are you mouthaware?

Fact

Young, old, smokers and non-smokers, more than 6,700 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year in the UK.  Without early detection half will not survive

Check

Self-examination is a simple, potentially life-saving process.  Look out for ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth, and unusual lumps or swellings

Act

Know the risk factors and regularly visit your dentist to ensure you are checked for signs of mouth cancer

What action can you take now?

To help you self examine for mouth cancer at home we’ve written a free guide which is downloadable below.

Free guide available for immediate download…

“7 Point Self Examination Guide for Oral Cancer”

A special guide by Drs Donna & Rodney Hill

One of the most important things with mouth cancer is early detection, so in this guide we will talk about how you can examine yourself at home, the risk factors for oral cancer and how you can lower them.

Our guide is exclusively available by e-mail so please enter your details below for immediate access.

References

Cancer Research UK, www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/oral-cancer , Accessed October 2015.

 

Ways to replace missing teeth

missing teethIt is unfortunately quite common for people to have missing teeth, many times nothing is done and people live quite happily with the gap, in this blog post we will look at some of the reasons why you may want to replace missing teeth and if you so choose, what are your best options?

We’ve written in a previous blog post that when you have a missing tooth the opposing teeth can begin to drift and the adjacent teeth can begin to tip, this is probably the biggest reason to replace missing teeth, in order to protect your surrounding teeth and bite.

Options to replace missing teeth.

You basically have three options to replace your missing teeth.

  • Dentures
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants

let’s look at each of these in turn.

Dental bridges

dental bridgeA dental bridge essentially uses the teeth either side of the gap as a support to replace the missing tooth in the middle. One of the biggest disadvantages is that there is often a requirement to remove healthy tooth structure on either side of the gap in order to accept this new support. The support is called an abutment in technical terms and often takes the form of a new crown.

The tooth which is replaced (called a Pontic in technical terms) is then attached to the abutments either side. You will generally find that to replace a single missing tooth that both teeth, on either side of the gap, are involved in this bridging process. This means that there will be a three tooth bridge required in order to replace a single missing tooth.

The biggest disadvantage in this process is that possibly healthy teeth on either side of the gap may need to have healthy tooth tissue removed.

Dentures

claspModern dentures can be highly asthetic so that no one would know that you are wearing them, the gum and acrylic teeth can be made to look highly lifelike and natural, mimicking a natural smile almost exactly. One of the biggest disadvantages of dentures is the fact that they are removable. Many people dislike the idea of removing their teeth at night.

Small dentures can be made to replace a couple of missing teeth, in this case a clasp will be used around the teeth either side to hold the denture in place. These clasps can we made in one of three different materials:

  • Gold. A more expensive option but an excellent material to use in the oral environment as it is inert and has good pliability.
  • Stainless steel. A cheaper alternative and with the similar properties to Gold
  • Acetyl resin. These are tooth coloured clasps, they often very expensive to make as the manufacturing process is relatively long and complex, they do however provide an extremely aesthetic option to retained dentures.

Dental implants.

implant_schemaA dental implant is often your dentist’s preferred option. When a dental implant is placed it will support the surrounding bone, this prevents the bone collapsing into the gap where the tooth was removed (remember to read our previous blog post on the subject). This means that bone is retained rather than lost after the extraction. It then but also means that the adjacent teeth do not have to be touched in order to take the abutment, as is common with dental bridges.

This means that dental implants can often be the best biological, functional and aesthetic way to replace missing teeth.

One disadvantage with dental implants is the immediate cost, there is the cost of providing the implant itself (this is a precision made dental appliance made to tolerances of thousandths of a millimetre), a dental implant surgeon to place the implant itself and then the final dental crown which is fitted on top of the dental implant.

However, an extremely important point to bear in mind is that the dental implant will typically last longer than any of the other restorations. As your teeth and gums change shape you will be required to have a new denture overtime, with a dental bridge, the gum underneath the pontic (the new tooth) can change shape as it is not supported, as this happensgaps appear underneath this pontic meaning it needs to be replaced.

Because dental bridges need three teeth to replace one single missing tooth, this can also be more expensive than you might imagine.

For this reason dental implants are often considered the best option for you.

How do I know which option is best for me?

This is a great question…

Minimum fuss.

If you want to have the simplest replacement of a missing tooth with the minimum number of appointments then a denture may be the best option. You do however have to consider the disadvantag that it is removable and will need replacing overtime.

Next on this list would be a dental bridge. You will need a couple of appointments at the dentist but once the bridge is fitted you can forget about it, apart from cleaning regularly of course, although again you do need to remember that it may need replacing a few years down the line.

Minimum cost.

Dentures would be the minimum cost way to replace missing teeth, apart from doing nothing at all. When it comes to dental implants and dental bridges it can often be a very close call. In the short term a dental bridge may be slightly cheaper but in the long-term, taking into account that a bridge may need to be replaced sooner than a dental implant, an implant can be the longest serving option.

It’s also worth thinking about what your budget could be when you first go to the dentist. Remember, many dental practices offer payment plans, often at 0% so you will not always be expected to pay the full amount upfront. Please ensure you discuss this with your dentist if you think a payment plan could work for you.

Trinity Dental Centre around local dental practice in Barnstaple, North Devon offering the local people dental health advice and treatments to help replace missing teeth as well as stay dentally fit and healthy for life.

Request your appointment online today.

 

How Can the New Sugar Smart App Help You?

Image Credit: nhs.uk/change4life-beta

 

It seems that, each day, many of us are eating too much sugar.

You may be surprised to discover the amount of sugar you are eating and how quickly the added sugar that many of us consume can build up during the day.

The government are now advising that parents take action by installing a new app onto their smart phone which is able to read the barcodes on many food products giving them a visual representation of the amount of sugar a product contains.

The “sugar smart app”, from Public Health England (PHE), functions by checking bar code scans and revealing total sugar content of the food in either cubes or grams. Authorities hope it can help combat tooth cavities, weight problems and type 2 diabetes and encourage families to select more healthy options with their daily diet.

TOOTH CAVITIES & DENTAL DISEASE

Approximately 46,500 children and young people under 19 were admitted to hospital for a primary diagnosis of dental caries in 2013–14 according to The state of children’s oral health in England report by the Faculty of Dental Surgery – that’s more children than were admitted for tonsillitis.

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As a nation, if we are going to reduce these hospital admissions for young people we need to get dental disease in our kids under control.

tooth decayDental cavities arise when the bacteria in your mouth secrete acid. This acid secretion happens as they digest the sugar in your diet. This acid attacks the hard enamel of your teeth and can continue to penetrate deep into the tooth structure.

If this acid attack is left unchecked then the tooth can become seriously infected.

The only way to stop the dental cavity from continuing to grow is to visit the dentist, have the caries removed and then the hole filled. Advice on a good oral health routine can then be given as well as dietary advice.

It is this acid attack which can be limited if we control the amount of sugar that we have in our diets.

There are however other reasons to limit the amount of sugar.

 

TYPE 2 DIABETES

Chris Askew, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, said:

“Diets that are high in sugar are fuelling the rise in obesity, and in turn the dramatic rise in Type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke. This is unlike Type 1 diabetes which cannot be prevented and is not caused by being obese. With the average child consuming three times the recommended daily amount of sugar, the need for action has never been more urgent. The new Sugar Smart app will help parents to understand and take control of their children’s sugar intake.”

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PHE states that young people are eating 3X more sugar than is recommended in their new Change4Life marketing campaign. Their research indicates that normally children aged 4 to 10 years of age are consuming 22kg of added sugar annually. That equates to about 5,500 sugar cubes which is more that the average 5-year old weighs!

It’s all as simple as 3 easy steps:

  1. Get The App
  2. Start Scanning
  3. Reveal The Sugar

HERE’S HOW TO USE THE SUGAR SMART APP

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  • Download the application through the Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Based on how old you are, your everyday sugar allowance will differ. The application informs you on the maximum you should eat.
  • Select the product that has a barcode.
  • Open the application.
  • Permit the application the use of the digital camera on your phone- a box will appear requesting permission.
  • Line the barcode track up with the red-colored line and wait for a beep. If it’s doesn’t work, you may be trying to scan too close up, so move the camera further away.
  • The application will let you know just how much sugar there is in the product – however the application does not have every food item available yet as it is still in it’s development stage.
  • After that you can share the end result together with your connections on Facebook, Twitter, Google & other social media sites.
  • Clicking the menu button gives you more about sugar content in meals, a scanning history and let’s you go to the app’s website.

If you have children we can highly recommend that they download the app and begins scanning food, this can be a fun way to educate your case about the amount of sugar in food.

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Trinity Dental Centre is a private dentist in North Devon offering free dental health advice via their blog and social media streams.

 

Why replace missing teeth? #3 Might Surprise You!

We are often asked about the different ways to replace missing teeth, so we thought it would be helpful to the people of the North Devon and the local Barnstaple areas if we took some time to explain this in our blog.

We are therefore going to take an in-depth look at the reasons you might want to replace missing teeth (which may include some reasons you’ve never heard of before!), we will also take a brief look at the various ways of replacing missing teeth and what the advantages are with each method. (More to come on this in more detail in a future blog post).

Why replace missing teeth?

1. Because gaps don’t look great

It sounds obvious, but it’s rather true. Our smile is extremely important to the look of our face, take a look at these celebrities with their teeth deleted from the photographs… Your smile is extremely important and having missing teeth can change the way it looks completely.Replace missing teeth

2. Because other teeth can move around!

Teeth moving after extractionYour teeth are all in fine balance with one another. Teeth rest in what is known as the ‘neutral zone’. This neutral zone is created by the teeth either side, the opposing teeth on the opposite jaw and your tongue and cheek. All of these put mild pressure on the tooth, all in balance with one another, all keeping your teeth in pretty much the same place.

If this balance and harmony is disturbed, for example by removing a tooth, then the teeth either side will have a tendency to tip into the gap and drift. Your opposing teeth will also have a tendency to over erupt in to the gap.

This moving of teeth can have a cosmetic impact. Take a look at the image above and notice that the premolar that has moved has changed the gum line on the upper jaw. This sensitive gum line architecture will affect how your smile looks if it is compromised.

Moving teeth around like this can also affect the way your bite works

3. Because your jaw joint can be affected

This is a direct consequence of the teeth moving as described in #2. If your opposing teeth drift then you may have to move your jaw in a slightly different way to ensure that the teeth don’t interfere with each other when you bite.

This can be extremely subtle and you may not even notice that your natural muscles have changed the way they work slightly. One consequence of this can be that some muscles are overworked,. Because the muscles of your head and neck are all connected. this can lead to headaches and/or neck pain.

A rather surprising consequence of having a single tooth removed!

4. Because you can prevent additional bone loss

Bone lossWhen a tooth is removed, it leaves a socket or a hole. New bone doesn’t fill up this hole, rather, what happens is that the surrounding bone collapses in to fill up the gap. This collapsing means you lose over all bone quantity in this area.

This can have the impact of changing the line of your gum and also can compromise the placement of a dental implant at a later date if you so decide due to a possible lack of adequate bone.

One way to prevent this bone loss is to have a dental implant placed, the dental implant then fills the gap where the tooth is removed and prevents the adjacent bone from collapsing into the space.

Ways to replace missing teeth.

The primary focus of this blog post is to answer your questions about why you should replace missing teeth, we will take a much more in-depth look at the various options in our next blog post., however, here is a brief summary.

Dentures.

Dentures are often unpopular due to the fact that they are removable. Modern dentures however can often be extremely stable, beautiful and are often a perfectly acceptable way to replace missing teeth.

Dental bridges.

Dental bridges have been around for many years now and form a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. They will attach to the adjacent teeth, which form an abutment off of which the false tooth will be suspended.

Dental implants.

Dental implants are the most modern solution for replacing missing teeth. They generally offer the most aesthetic option as they can look as though they grow out of the gum like a natural tooth. Because they also support the surrounding bone and prevent bone loss they may also be considered the most healthy option.

Further questions about replacing missing teeth?

To help with all of your questions we have created a free guide, in it we talk about the various options to replace missing teeth, the procedures, the costs and what you can expect.

The guide is completely free and can be downloaded by completing the form below.

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Should you require any further information about replacing missing teeth in the Barnstaple, North Devon area then please visit our website or request an appointment here.