Whilst our adult teeth are meant to last us a lifetime, there are several reasons that this does not always happen. Teeth can be knocked out through accidents and injuries that involve the face, and cannot always be reimplanted by yourself or even your dentist.
The commonest causes of tooth loss in the UK are dental decay and gum disease. The sad thing is that with regular visits to the dentist and hygienist combined with a good home regime, these conditions are perfectly preventable – and even if they do arise, they are treatable if caught early.
However, some people fail to seek treatment until it is too late. One of the most common reasons for putting off routine treatment (and sometimes not even attending a dental practice or dental hospital when an emergency arises) is fear of the dentist.
You might think you are alone in your dental anxiety, feeling ridiculous or ashamed to have such a fear, but in fact it is very common. An estimated one in ten adults in the UK as a fear or phobia of the dentist to the extent that they won’t go for treatment. Talk to some friends or colleagues and you may well discover they are (or were) just as scared as you! If they have gone on to have successful treatment, they may be the best person to recommend an understanding and caring dentist.
If you have got to the stage of losing teeth through dental phobia, you may think that you will be stuck toothless forever. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley we believe everyone deserves a smile to be proud of, and a second chance at a healthy jaw whatever the reason they have experienced tooth loss.
Dental implants provide a permanent way to replace missing teeth and, so long as underlying conditions such as gum disease are treated and kept at bay with maintenance appointments, have a very high success rate and a good chance of lasting you for life.
Conscious sedation can be used to help nervous and phobic patients get a second chance at teeth, giving back function as well as appearance.