Invest In Your Smile, Get Implants
When a patient comes to use seeking a restorative dental treatment, he or she wants it to remake his or her smile. Just as important, they want that new smile to last.
The best investment for long-term teeth replacements is getting dental implants to provide support, security, and stability for your dentures, dental bridge, or dental crown.
Our team at Hubbard & Leath Dental will be happy to help you restore your smile, and more than that, we want you to eat be able to the foods that you want to eat.
To learn more about dental implants, keep reading. To learn how to get dental implants, make an appointment at our dentist office if you live in or near Rochester Hills, MI.
Lasting Improvements To Your Smile
Halloween will be here soon, and you are sure to see some pretty scary costumes. But some patients find the prospect of losing all their teeth even scarier.
For your sake, we hope you keep as many of your teeth for as long as you live. However, we also know it’s a reality that many people will lose one or both rows of their natural teeth.
The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 35 to 36 million Americans are missing at least one row of teeth.
Many people will choose dentures to replace their missing teeth rather that implant-supported dentures. Understandably, the cost is a factor in the decision many times.
It’s certainly true that getting dentures is less expensive than getting dentures and a series of implants. At least, that is true initially.
Over the span of your life, the implant-supported may actually save you money. The reason is that you are less likely to need your implant-supported dentures to be replaced or refitted provided to you care for them properly.
Why Do Traditional Dentures Have To Be Replaced Or Refitted?
When you first get your dentures, they can seem like a dream come true especially if you have lived for any significant time without teeth.
With dentures, you can eat more foods than you could when you didn’t have any replacements for your lost teeth. Plus, your smile will look more or less normal again.
Those are good things.
The downside is what is happening below your gumline.
When you lose your teeth, you lose the roots of those teeth as well. Your roots help to keep your jaw healthy and strong. In fact, it is the interaction between your roots and jawbone when you bite and chew that encourages your jaw to create new tissue as older tissue is reabsorbed into the bone.
Without the roots, your old tissue will still be reabsorbed, but you won’t create new tissue often enough to keep up. As a result, your jaw will begin to lose density and gradually change shape.
That will change the shape of your mouth, which will affect how well your dentures do or don’t fit. As your jaw shrinks, your dentures will feel looser and fall out of place more often.
Some people have to replace their dentures as often as every three years. Over the course of a life, that adds up.
How Do Implants Help?
We mentioned in the introduction that dental implants make other teeth replacements more stable and secure.
Implants were created to be replacements for the roots of your tooth. Implants are placed directly in your jaw, just like your roots. When a crown, a bridge, or a set of dentures are placed on your implants, then the implants press into your jaw similar to how your roots once did.
That pressure signals to your jawbone that it should make new tissue, and that helps to sustain the health, size, and shape of your jaw.
This means the shape of your mouth will remain relatively unchanged, so your dentures can fit comfortably for decades without needing to be refitted.
At the same time, the stability of the dental implants means have more force behind your dentures, so your bite force is much closer to that of someone with all of his or her teeth.
In other words, you can eat the foods that you like much more easily with implant-supported dentures.
Do You Want To Know More About Dental Implants?
If so, then it’s time to schedule a consultation at our dentist office in Rochester Hills, MI. Dr. Hubbard or Dr. Leath would be happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implants. They also can examine your mouth to see if you are a good candidate for this restorative service.