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Tooth loss ‘a greater stigma’


dental implantDental implants could potentially be the solution to the embarrassment of losing teeth, it has been suggested.

Kevin Ekene, wrote in to the Nigerian Guardian concerning the potential for emotional disturbances that can be associated with tooth loss.

He said cosmetic dentistry can play an important role in a person’s state of mind, since those who undergo surgery can be left "with more psychological trauma and embarrassment than the pain that sent them to the dental clinic in the first place".

Mr Ekene advocated the use of treatment that will replace the natural tissue that has been lost, which can perform both functional and aesthetic roles.

He concluded by saying that provision for such treatment should be integrated into broader health care solutions in the country.

According to a study by Align Technology, some 46 per cent of people feel embarrassed about their teeth.

Furthermore, 60 per cent of respondents said they thought straight, even teeth make for a great smile.

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