Options for Repairing Teeth – Harley Street
Perhaps you are one of those people who have naturally strong teeth. Often, people in this situation, at some point in their life, usually their teens or early twenties, decide that there is no point in keeping dental appointments and gradually slip out of the habit of having check ups. This is all well and good but as the saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’ and for many of these people, tooth decay which, if caught early, could simply result in a small filling, may cause the tooth to crumble and become a major problem.
If you are one of these people, perhaps you are wondering what the options are to rescue the tooth or if that is not possible, to replace it.
Firstly, chances of rescuing the tooth will depend on the severity of the decay and the damage done. Most cosmetic dentists now practice minimally invasive dentistry and will therefore only remove what physically needs removing and leave the structure as intact as possible. If the decay is not too severe, it will be possible to drill the decay out and fill the tooth, either with amalgam which is strong but metallic looking or with a tooth coloured filling which looks more natural.
If the damage is severe though, it may be that the best option is to remove the whole tooth. If you haven’t been to a dentist for many years you may have built up a fear of them but rest assured, dentistry is significantly advanced and with a local anaesthetic, any discomfort should be minimal. If you are very afraid of the dentist though, do ask us about sedation techniques for nervous patients.
Once a tooth has been removed, there are a couple of main options available other than simply leaving a gap. These are to have a partial denture fitted or a dental implant. Dentures have been used extensively over the years and have served a purpose; however they are not without problems. Some people find them uncomfortable and cause them to have sore gums; others worry about them becoming loose and falling out in company. For these reasons, many people now look to dental implants to replace them and with dental implants there is no leaving your dentures by the bed side at night!
Simply put, dental implants are small titanium screws with are placed into the jawbone. Because they are made from titanium, the bone then grows around it holding it very firmly in place. Once this process has occurred, a crown is added to the implant. This is an extremely successful procedure with not far off a 100% success rate.
Once the crown has been attached, you can pretty much treat the replacement tooth in the same manner as a natural tooth as it will be as strong or if not, stronger. Although the tooth itself can not decay however, it is important to keep it clean as normal to avoid any bacterial infection which could cause problems.
So, if you are at all concerned about your teeth, please make an appointment to see us at our comfortable Harley Street Dental Practice to discuss the best treatment for you.