Working with your dentist in Culcheth to restore your broken smile

Tooth loss through accidental damage


When suffering with tooth loss from an accident, if other damage has occurred, the teeth may be the last thing to be dealt with. On some occasions it may be thought that the missing tooth is inconsequential and can be left, after all a gap in the smile is not the end of the world for some people. Unfortunately, whilst cosmetically a gap may not have a huge impact on a person, the resulting damage which can occur over time due to the loss of a tooth or teeth can be quite significant. For instance, although not an instant result due to the loss of a tooth, in time the alignment of the surrounding teeth can begin to shift and lean towards the gap. This combined with the potential of a receding jawbone which has also been a result of the tooth loss can not only change the appearance of your facial definition, but can also cause further tooth loss. It is therefore important to visit your dentist in Culcheth as soon as possible once the damage occurs.

How can the jawbone be protected or restored?

Dental implants are an excellent tooth restoration method. They not only provide a stable, titanium post for the root replacement, but also when inserted into the jawbone, stimulate new bone growth, restoring and protecting the bone from any further damage. This may all sound a little too sci-fi, but it is amazing what the natural body can do when an injury is dealt with quickly, hence the importance of contacting our dentist in Culcheth promptly after any accident.

What is the dental implant process?

Simply put, dental implants are small screws made of titanium which are drilled into the jawbone to create a stable and long-lasting pillar for a crown or bridge. The implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth and whilst not suitable for every patient, they are extremely versatile and our dentist in Culcheth will always discuss this option with you should the situation suit the procedure.

If the dental implant is a treatment you want to have, the first thing that will happen is a thorough examination of the mouth, teeth and gums. If the overall oral hygiene of a patient is not up to a good enough standard, the implants will be inefficient and therefore an alternative treatment will be offered and discussed. It may be that your dental hygiene is up to scratch but the jawbone has insufficient depth. If this is the case, our dentist in Culcheth may suggest having a bone graft put in place first so as to ensure that the procedure can be done. No matter what route of treatment or what procedure is to be taken, our dental team will ensure that they work with you so as to provide the best care possible and keep you fully informed and involved throughout the decision-making process.

Once the resolution to go ahead has been made, for standard cases, the implant can be inserted within one or two appointments depending on how many are needed. A local anaesthetic will be administered to the area and then a small incision will be made where the implant will go. The implant is then drilled into the jawbone, followed by a clean and a stitch up of the area. This is then left to heal. Whilst the healing takes place a temporary crown or bridge will be fitted and then several weeks later, the permanent tooth will be fitted. Throughout the process our dentist at Bhawani’s Dental Care will keep you informed of all the details and follow up with check-ups during the healing process.