What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dental work is a form of dentistry that strives to restore both the function of the teeth, and their physical appearance. One popular type of restorative dental work are dental implants in Harley Street.


What are dental implants?

Implant dentistry essentially strives to replace one, several, or even whole rows of missing teeth within the mouth! Implants are titanium metal screws which are typically less than one centimetre long and are used to support single porcelain crowns, bridges, or even dentures.


Individuals who may wish to receive dental implants

Patients who may be referred to the subject of dental implants by their local clinic or may even have stumbled across implant dentistry through their own means of research, will be suffering from missing teeth within the mouth.


How can missing teeth occur?

Aside from accidents (such as falling off a bike, or stumbling during a run) health concerns can also cause teeth to fall out. Gum disease is a common oral disease found within the area of dental hygiene and unfortunately affects patients who are not brushing, flossing, or generally staying on top of their oral health adequately. Whatever the reason however, missing teeth can have a negative effect on many patients’ lives.


Why is it important to replace missing teeth?

Missing teeth from within the mouth may be overlooked by many individuals, this may be due to a fear of the dentist, financial concerns, or generally a disregard for their dental health. Whatever the reason, missing teeth can have physical and mental effects, such as patients suffering from a decreased level of self-esteem, as well as speech impairments (such as a lisp).

How can a missing tooth affect your life?

In addition to the obvious unpleasant physical appearance, missing teeth can hinder many individuals’ career prospects, as they may feel as if they appear unprofessional. Low self- esteem is also a major factor when it comes to missing teeth and can sadly affect many patients’ lives. Aside from the physical and therefore emotional consequences, missing teeth can also affect the function and health of a patient’s smile!


Regaining the function of your teeth

Missing teeth can make it difficult for patients to eat, brush, and partake in other daily dental tasks which is why replacing your missing teeth is so important! In addition to minimising discomfort (or even pain) that can be experienced when attempting to chew, dental implants can also improve a patient’s oral health!


How it works

Gaps within the teeth can unfortunately be a breeding ground for oral bacteria, due to the open gum tissue which is exposed to food and drink. A build-up of bacteria can lead to gum disease as well as other common oral diseases and infections. Replacing teeth can help to minimise this threat.


Erasing years of orthodontic work

Many individuals who are looking to receive dental implants, or have been referred to this particular form of restorative dentistry by their local dental clinic, may be aware of the physical problems missing teeth can cause (such as a lisp, or a loss in function of the teeth). Despite this however they may not be aware of the ways in which other teeth can move when teeth are lost, such as surrounding teeth moving into an exposed gap within the mouth, thereby ruining previous orthodontic work. Implants can prevent this from occurring.