Gum disease, cavities or decay appearing in a tooth is fairly common and most patients may encounter it in some shape or form over their lifetime. It’s mainly caused by a poor diet and smoking, as well as a lack of a good oral health routine and eventually your dentist in Soho may have to step in to remove teeth that have become compromised.
But how does this process work?
Well we’ve compiled a short guide for what patients can generally expect from their dentist in Sohowhen they come in for an implant.
Diagnosis of the damage
Generally patients can expect our team to assess the area first, to try and determine what is causing the decay of the tooth. This is done to see if there are alternative treatments to removing it and replacing it with an implant, or to figure out exactly what needs to be done to save the remaining teeth and keep your gums healthy after the procedure.
Cleaning of the treatment area
Depending on the case there could be a light cleaning of the area being treated first.
This is normally done to clear out any plaque and bacteria that could potentially get into your gums during the healing stage of the treatment. If that happens then your implant runs the risk of becoming dislodged or worse, the infection could spread to the bone of your jaw and cause it to disintegrate, putting your other teeth at risk.
Moulding and shaping the new tooth
This part of the treatment is where things can get a little interesting as our team will use a shading chart and dental mould to create a new tooth for you, that essentially identically matches the one that’s being replaced. This is to ensure that when the prosthetic is inserted, it’s going to be incredibly difficult for other people to tell that it’s not real, thus providing you with a normal looking smile.
At PS Dental Care our experienced team of dental practitioners will use all their skill and knowledge to provide you with a natural looking prosthetic that will feel right at home, whilst also being as strong as the one it’s replacing.
Will there be discomfort involved?
There may be some mild discomfort felt during this treatment as it does involve some minor surgery to insert your new tooth into your gum line. But our team normally uses a local anaesthetic first, to numb your gums and limit any pain felt as much as they can.
General advice for aftercare
To make sure that your implant takes to its new home you should ensure that you have a regular cleaning routine. Give the new tooth a light brush every day with a soft bristled manual brush, be gentle with dental floss and avoid using mouthwash for a few days as it could irritate your sensitive gums.
In closing, when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy there may come a time when an implant may be necessary. It’s a simple treatment that can solve a number of problems and it can leave you with a natural and healthy looking smile. For more advice about this particular treatment or to find out how it could benefit you, just get in touch with our team.