Learning The Benefits Of Dental Implants
A mouth without teeth doesn’t look the same. It also doesn’t function nearly as well as a mouth with all its teeth.
But you don’t have to lose all your teeth before this is a problem. A single missing tooth can have short- and long-term effects on your oral health.
This is why at Hubbard & Leath Dental we encourage our patients to replace lost and missing teeth as soon as they are able.
And dental implants are the best option for replacing teeth.
Today, we will be reviewing the ways we use dental implants for our patients and the benefits they provide that set them apart from other teeth replacement options.
Uses For Dental Implants
We have mentioned more than once what implants were designed to do, but it’s worth mentioning again.
Dental implants are considered to be a prosthetic or artificial root of a tooth. These implants are titanium cylinders that can be placed directly into your upper or lower jaw. They serve as an anchor to hold replacements for the crowns of your missing teeth.
Implants are meant to be used in conjunction with other teeth replacements as follows:
▸ Dental crown — This is used with at dental implant to replace a single tooth.
▸ Dental bridge — This is used to replace multiple teeth at the same time. Depending on the size of the bridge, you may need one or more implant.
▸ Dentures — Dentures are used to replace a whole row of teeth. Multiple implants can be placed in your jaw to hold your dentures in place and to provide support for those dentures.
The Advantages Of Dental Implants
To explain the benefits of dental implants, we will contrast what implants can do compared to teeth replacements that do not use implants.
◼︎ Implants Preserve Your Jaw
When you lose a single tooth, you lose the crown and the root of that tooth. If you did nothing to replace it, that part of your jaw could lose up to 25 percent of its mass over the next 12 months.
The reason is you no longer have a root in that part of your mouth. Your root played an important role in keeping your jaw healthy. When you bit or chewed on something, your root pressed into the jaw. The pressure was a signal that prompted your jawbone to continue making new tissue.
Without that pressure, your jaw won’t make new tissue quickly enough to replace its old tissue. This is why the bone can lose density. As bone loss continues, it can affect neighboring teeth as well. This can lead to further bone loss, which leads to more tooth loss, etc.
By placing a dental implant, your jaw will continue to receive the stimulation that it needs so it will continue making new tissue, which keeps your jaw healthy and strong.
◼︎ Implants Maintain Your Appearance
Let’s assume for a moment that you are missing all your lower teeth. With traditional dentures, you don’t have anything to replace your missing roots. Over time, your jaw will continue losing bone mass.
As your bone loses density, it will change shape, and that will affect how your dentures fit in your mouth.
This also can affect your appearance. Your face will start to sink in on itself as you continue to lose bone density.
With implants, your bone won’t be able to regrow lost tissue, but it will be able to keep replacing the tissue that is still there. This can prevent changes to your profile.
◼︎ Implants Provide Stability
This is true with any kind of tooth replacement you may be considering.
We can uses bridges as an analogy for this situation. What is more stable a simple suspension bridge (rope and boards) or a girder bridge that is supported by beams?
If you ever walked across a suspension bridge, then you have felt is wobble beneath your feet. With at beam-supported bridge, the surface is more stable even if you are crossing it in a heavy vehicle.
You can think of implants as the beams that support your dentures or your dental bridge. This will hold them securely in place and provided added strength when you are eating, too.
You Deserve Support
If you want complete teeth replacement, you have to replace the roots of your teeth as well. You can do that with dental implants from Hubbard & Leath Dental.
You can learn more about the benefits of implants by making an appointment at our dentist office, which serves patients in Rochester, MI, Troy, and anywhere in between. To contact us, fill out our online form or call our office at 248.266.2528.