The Importance of A Full Set of Teeth (Real or Not)
Missing teeth affect more than your smile.
- If you are minus a few teeth, you may have already found that it’s more difficult to eat. It’s hard to eat a healthy diet when you can’t chew well, and swallowing food that isn’t well-chewed can lead to digestive issues.
- Your remaining teeth will start to shift out of place, since there is room for them to do so.
- Your jawbone will begin to deteriorate once tooth roots are no longer stabilizing the area and providing the bone with nutrients. This bone loss makes faces look old and sunken.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal pins implanted into the jawbone that replace teeth roots and act as an anchor for crowns. They can prevent further bone loss by providing a strong foundation for replacement teeth.
Though the implant process is not complicated, it requires several steps. To begin with, a pin is implanted into your jawbone. After a few weeks of healing, the bone fuses to the implant. Your dentist then attaches a small connector post or abutment to the implant: this will hold your new tooth. Your dentist creates this new tooth from an impression, making sure that it will work together with all of your teeth to provide a healthy bite.
Good candidates for dental implants have healthy bones and gums, and usually only need a few teeth replaced (rather an entire mouthful).
We strongly recommend dental implants over dentures whenever possible for the following reasons:
- Dentures seldom fit well for long lengths of time, due to continued bone loss.
- Dentures can be very difficult for some people to get used to. If you do choose dentures, be patient, as you may have a hard time speaking and eating. Some people may have excessive salivation or a gagging reflex as the brain can take awhile to recognize the introduction of dentures.
- Dentures last only five to seven year, while dental implants (which are made of titanium, the same material used in joint replacements) can last as long as your own teeth.
- Dental implants cause no difficulty with eating or talking.
- Dental implants are more comfortable.
- Dental implants look like natural teeth.
- Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing further bone loss and the aged sunken look that accompanies the loss.