Replacing teeth that have been knocked out

Woman being checked by a dentist

It’s not at all uncommon for people to get their teeth knocked out, in, say, a sporting accident. When this happens, the advice is to get to an emergency dentist within an hour. If the tooth is undamaged, the dentist can probably put it back and it will re-anchor into the socket. But, what happens when the tooth is too damaged, or it’s impossible to get to the dentist in time, or the tooth doesn’t take? These days, in Hampshire, dental implants have many benefits for the injured sportsperson.

Sports injuries affect people of all ages, but when people lose teeth in their 20s or 30s, they reasonably expect to live for quite a few more decades and so will naturally want to find a solution that will last a lifetime and give them full functionality. This is where in Hampshire, dental implants come into their own. They are available from various dentists, including Hampshire Dental Implants.

What makes dental implants so great?

The benefits of dental implants all stem from the fact that they replace not only the crown, but the root of the tooth as well. Having the entire tooth restored means that the tooth is well anchored into the jawbone. This is not the case with the alternative methods of restoration such as dentures and fixed bridges. When the replacement tooth is anchored into the jawbone, it remains stable and secure, even when the multidirectional forces of chewing are in action. Dental implants can withstand even the strongest adult male chew of about 97kg or 200lbs, whereas dentures only cope with about a quarter of the force.

The freedom to bite into and chew a wide variety of foods makes it much easier to keep well-nourished. Having missing teeth or wearing dentures reduces eating choices to mainly soft foods, cutting out important nutrient-dense raw vegetables, nuts and hardy fruits.

Dental implants in Hampshire also help maintain a strong, healthy jawbone. Without tooth roots or implants in the jawbone to stimulate cell renewal, the bone actively starts to resorb, shrinking in both thickness and height. This is how people develop that shrunken, pointy chinned look associated with old age.