Whether you are 18 or 80, losing a tooth or teeth can have a tremendous impact on your self-confidence.

And while some people can learn to live with a gap in their teeth, this is understandably harder to do if the gap is near the front of your mouth. So, what can you do?


In years gone by, dental teams would have closed the gap with either a fitted bridge or partial denture but thanks to advances in restorative dental care, today there are many more options.


For instance, you can now replace anything from a single missing tooth to an entire mouth of teeth by having dental implants fitted.


At Byfleet Dental Boutique, we have helped many patients restore their smile using dental implants. Our dentist in West Byfleet will determine which type of implant is the most suited to you based on your oral health, helping to fill that gap and ensure that you get back your former bite and chewing strength without the worry of wobbly dentures. Fantastic!


Why does our dentist in West Byfleet recommend using dental implants to replace missing teeth? Read on to find out!


Improved bite


We all know that missing teeth can create an issue with your bite and so, a key benefit of having our dentist in West Byfleet fit dental implants is that your bite strength will greatly improve.


While dentures can offer some assistance with better biting, they are often loose and cannot handle harder foods. Ergo, dental implants are the best way to ensure you maintain a varied diet through having a stronger bite that can tackle apples, nuts, corn on the cob and more.


Better oral health


Gaps in your smile attract plaque and bacteria, which can have long term issues on your general oral health.


While the idea of having metal screws placed into your jaw may seem contraindicatary for good oral health, closing those gaps and reducing plaque will protect your mouth against secondary complications.


Better general health


The studies linking oral plaque and bacteria to other health complications such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes are extensive and so, having implants which reduce the occurrence of plaque will also act as a preventive measure to these other issues.


Studies have also found links between higher levels of oral bacteria and cancer, so having implants over leaving a gap in your mouth can actually save your life.


No more headaches


If you have natural teeth in your mouth, gaps can cause them to not mesh correctly.

Throw sleep into the mix of poorly meshing teeth, and the outcome is frequent morning headaches or migraines. Implants allow your natural teeth to slot together as they should, reducing the occurrence of headaches. Great!


Gastrointestinal issues


Teeth are essential for chewing food; a mouth with gaps in it cannot break down food correctly, leading to stomach issues such as excess acid or heartburn due to larger pieces of food reaching the stomach. Implants assist with correct food breakdown, alleviating any associated gastrointestinal problems.

In the modern world of the ice-white smile, it can be more than a bit embarrassing when you have yellow teeth.

While the colour of teeth is naturally a pearlescent colour, there are many reasons why so few people have a gleaming white smile without a bit of help from a dental team; many foods are high in acids and tannins, which can discolour the teeth and create a yellow hue. Other people take medications which can alter the natural colour of the tooth, making it appear a darker yellow than that of those who smoke.


Fortunately, if you have sensitive teeth, you don’t need to go through the discomfort of having your teeth whitened with bleaches and oxidising gels. Instead, our team at Byfleet Dental can offer you a more modern and comfortable answer; the fitting of dental veneers.


Our dentist in West Byfleet has helped numerous patients achieve a whiter and more symmetrical smile using veneers, allowing you to reap all of the benefits of traditional whitening with none of the discomfort. Easy to fit and shape matched to your teeth, veneers also prevent sensitivity from occurring on your teeth, making them a versatile option. Great!


But how are veneers fitted and what else can they do? Read on for a brief guide from our dentist in West Byfleet.


Discolouration


As mentioned earlier, our dentist in West Byfleet may use veneers to whiten your teeth if you have issues with traditional whitening methods.


Our team will take an impression of the teeth that the veneers are being fitted to which will be sent to a dental lab and made using porcelain. Once back, they will be affixed to your teeth using dental cement, sealing them in place for at least the next 5 years!


Best of all, the veneers which we create can be up to 16 shades whiter than your actual teeth, creating an instantly whiter smile.


Symmetry


If you have an issue with one tooth being longer than its opposite counterpart, veneers can be used to create a more symmetrical look.


Similarly, if you want one yellow tooth to fit in with the rest of your teeth, a more symmetrical look can be obtained by the placing of veneers.


Gaps


While larger gaps may need to be corrected using braces like Invisalign, smaller gaps can also be concealed using veneers.


In a similar way that veneers treat symmetry issues, our team can make those pesky gaps in your smile disappear using veneers that are wider than your natural tooth. Placed in the same way as a purely cosmetic veneer, this will allow you to flash that gap-free smile for the next decade or longer.


Strengthen


If you have cracks or chips in your tooth, these run the risk of cracking and causing further damage.


The placement of a veneer can add strength to a cracked, chipped or even more extensively damaged tooth, leaving you with a greater looking smile that won’t falter under pressure. Fabulous!

When you are recovering from a dental infection, chances are that you are looking for ways to prevent another one occurring ever again.

Just a brief description of a common dental infection; they can occur due to trauma to the oral area, decay or even from the bacteria in your mouth multiplying and getting underneath your gum line. And when an abscess or infection occurs, it is more than tempting to simply ask our team to remove the offending tooth and move on.


Luckily, there is a way that we can preserve your smile while also ensuring that the awful infection never reoccurs, with a procedure known as endodontics. Or, as you know it, the root canal.


Our team at Byfleet Dental Boutique knows in-depth how unpleasant dental infections can be and as such, our team always emphasises our attention on prevention of such unpleasant occurrences. But, if an infection hits, we know just how to solve it quickly and painlessly, ensuring that your oral health remains intact and you can go about your day pain-free following your visit with us.


But why do we opt for root canals over extractions when possible? Read on to find out!


Preservation


Our dentist in West Byfleet will always aim to preserve your tooth and so, if you have had an infection which could be easily treated with a root canal, then that is the option we will choose.


Once the infected pulp has been cleaned, we will preserve the strength of the tooth by packing the pulp and canal with a filling material, designed to keep the tooth from breaking off. And with over a 96% success rate 7 years after the process, a root canal certainly does preserve the tooth.


Health


While you may think extraction is better for your tooth, a root canal is actually more suited to boost your long-term health.


As our dentist in West Byfleet will clean the infected tooth thoroughly, this prevents the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth, which could occur following an extraction.

Also, as the tooth remains in your mouth, there are no secondary worries about plaque and bacteria accumulating in the gap; great stuff!


Aesthetics


If you have a root canal, your tooth is topped with a white filling or crown, helping you keep your pearly white smile intact.


If you have an extraction, you will have a gap which can cause problems with your confidence and will be detrimental to the aesthetic appeal of your smile.


Cost


An extraction may need a restorative procedure to fill the gap and, frankly, they are not cheap.

A dental implant or a bridge is the most popular choice following an extraction but compared to a root canal, they are pricey and can cause secondary issues, such as pressure on surrounding natural teeth.


Longevity


Performed correctly, a root canal can last the rest of your life; no missing teeth, a preserved smile, no recurring abscesses and no concerns about damage to neighbouring teeth. Great stuff!

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