TV and teeth

Last night i watched a TV programme.  It was entitled ‘The truth about your teeth’.

In general, it did a good job of raising awareness of regular care of your teeth and gums.  However – and this was an OMG moment for me – it showed one of the programme participants having implants placed by a private dentist in the UK.

Here was the OMG part – the programme implied that the participant did not have any pre-operative periodontal care before her old teeth were extracted and immediate implants were placed.  The extractions were shown live, and the dentist even said that her gum disease had caused so much bone loss that the extractions were very easy.  The dentist did say that care of her implants was MORE challenging than care of the natural dentition, but she hadn’t cared for her natural teeth at all, and had severe gum disease.  How long will those implants last??

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