The focus of dentistry has changed over the past few decades. Whereas back in the mid-20th century, dentists were eager to whip your teeth out and fit you with the latest dentures, now we are much keener that you hang onto your own teeth for as long as possible. Our ideal dental scenario is you smiling a beautiful last smile at your large group of loved ones gathered around your bedside, and your epitaph reading ‘They had really lovely teeth and they were all their own’.
More and more, people are getting into their 50s and 60s with all their teeth intact, albeit with a few fillings. Tooth decay no longer wipes out teeth like it used to, but also, you get to keep your teeth longer because dentistry has got better at finding ways to restore them.
Restorative dentistry in London is not just about replacement teeth in the form of dental implants, dentures and bridges, it’s about everything that restores your teeth from that first tiny filling, through the larger inlays and onlays, to the crowns. All of these play their part in keeping your teeth going.
Even with the advent of dental implants, there is nothing that does the job of a natural tooth quite like the natural tooth itself. Yes, we can make crowns out of porcelain that look just like the tooth you lost, and yes, we can mount it on an implant and people are amazed at how much they look like their real teeth. But implants are expensive and they can fail, although that is a rare occurrence.
It is better always to hang on to your natural teeth. You need the roots you see. That’s why, no matter how battered the crown of your tooth may be, if the root is strong and healthy, we will always try every kind of restoration before we extract your tooth.
Tooth roots play a vital role not only in chewing, but also in keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. Without your roots, it quickly starts to deteriorate. So, even if money is no object, don’t rush to get dental implants, give restorative dentistry with us at Archway Park Dental in London a go first.