Every emergency dentist will do their best to put knocked out teeth back in their sockets. Often such attempts work and the patient can get on with life just as if they never took that face plant. But when teeth don’t go back, it’s time to think about getting them replaced and what is the best way to do this. People who get their teeth knocked out tend to be quite young and lose them in sporting accidents, such as a knee to the face in rugby. The person who has lost a tooth or 2 is now faced with 5 or 6 decades of replacement teeth, often at the front of their mouth.
They have a choice. They can get a partial denture, have fixed bridgework or get dental implants in Garforth from a dentist such as Enhancedental. Dentures come on a plate that goes behind the remaining teeth. Bridges are fixed to neighbouring teeth, which have to be ground down to act as buttress crowns. Dental implants are fixed into the jawbone. Over the next few decades, this method of attachment can make a lot of difference.
Why being fixed in the jawbone is so good
The teeth are designed by Nature to be firmly anchored into the jawbone. This gives them about 200lbs or 97 kg of chewing power, which is what makes it so easy to bite into a crunchy apple or chew through a rump steak. Take away that chewing power and wearers finds themselves confined to a soft food diet, which over 50 or 60 years, could be very boring indeed.
But it’s not just about food choices. The jawbone needs to receive regular vibrational signals coming down through the tooth roots to know that it is still in action. Without these signals from the teeth clacking together, the jawbone starts to resorb, dissolving itself so fast that over a year it can reduce in size and density by about 25%. Dental implants in Garforth stop this happening.
Dental implants can last for decades, so if someone is young, it makes a lot of sense to get their teeth replaced with these miracles of dental engineering.