The things we do in our day-to-day lives put a lot of stress on our teeth, and sometimes this can cause damage to our teeth and our smile. There’s a lot of things that we do every day that cause damage to our teeth, from the things we eat and drink to the way we live our lives and the things we do (or the things we fail to do, as the case may be). However, thanks to some immense leaps forward in dental technology, today there is something that we can actually do about it.
Of course, first it’s important to understand exactly what you do to your teeth every day that cause them damage. Do you start your day with a cup of coffee? Not only will it stain your teeth the same way that smoking will, but even worse, it is slowly wearing away the enamel with every sip, ignoring the added effects if you put in some cream, sugar, or various flavoring ‘syrups’. Maybe you’re a more healthy kind of person, and you grab a glass of cranberry or cran-something juice, or go for that breakfast staple, orange juice? Bad news; they all contain various acids, all of which act on the teeth for the worse, again, wearing away at that protective enamel. Maybe you just drink a glass of water that contains some trace amounts of fluoride, which will actually strengthen your teeth, incidentally. However, if you grab, say, on your way to work, a bacon egg and cheese sandwich from your local drive through or coffee shop, cafe, whatever the storefront may be, you’re also putting your teeth at risk; the food that you consume is going to be stuck in your teeth and slowly deteriorating enamel until such time as you brush your teeth and get the debris off.
Then there’s the things we do in our daily life that cause damage to our teeth. Things like simply being clumsy, say, falling down just wrong and knocking out a tooth. There’s also the conflicts we get into, fighting with other people who can, and has, resulted in the loss of a tooth here and there. There’s even simple idiocy, people who’ve knocked out their teeth when trying to get something heavy off of a high shelf and having it land on their jaw, for an easy example.
Finally, there are those things that people neglect to do that can lead to the loss of teeth to cavities. Things like simply failing to brush and floss your teeth regularly, for an easy example, or things like refusing to go to the dentist to get your cavities treated, letting them get so bad that the tooth rots to the point there’s little to nothing left.
When we let things get this bad, what can be done? In this modern-day and age, you can get a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
It is, however, quite a lot of effort to get a dental implant. To begin with, you’re going to have to have the remains of the previous tooth removed, so that there is room for the dental implants (this is obvious). Then you’ll need to have the nerve endings removed via drilling or various other surgeries. Then comes one of the most important parts; your local cosmetic dentist will take a drill, and will dig a hole into your jaw line. Into that hole, they will place the dental implant, which is basically a titanium screw with a veneer on the end, made of porcelain, to simulate the missing tooth. Once the dental implant is in place, they’ll basically give you various medicines that encourage the bone to close in and over the titanium screw, treating the whole thing as if it were a real tooth, and holding it in place the same way it would do for the real tooth. If this process doesn’t occur, you may end up having to start back over at the step of ‘drilling a hole’ and begin the whole process again. As you can guess, this whole thing can be painful, but such is the price of beauty!
So, if you’ve got a hole in your smile and find yourself feeling self-conscious about it, make an appointment with your local trustworthy family dentist and see if they can offer you a dental implant, or, indeed, if a dental implant is right for you. You won’t regret it when your smile is restored to its former glory.Comments Off