Like Eating? You’ll Love Dental Implants
What makes life enjoyable? Often it’s the small things.
Watching a movie with someone you love. Spending time with your children or grandchildren.
Another of life’s little pleasures is being able to eat the foods that we like to eat.
What if you couldn’t do those things anymore? What if you lost a tooth or several teeth? How would your life change?
Maybe more importantly, how could you get back your ability to bite and chew the foods that you enjoy? The answer is dental implants.
Missing a single tooth could start a process that leads to further tooth loss and one that could leave you unable to enjoy anything crunchy, chewy, or sticky.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, our dentists want our patients in Rochester, Troy, and everywhere in between to keep eating whatever they want.
That First Bite
Do you remember the first time you ate corn on the cob?
You were probably a young child. Maybe you added a pat of butter and let it melt over the kernels. You took the cob in your hands, and then you sank your teeth into it. As you closed your mouth, you pulled loose several delicious kernels.
We don’t know why, but there’s just something satisfying eating corn this way.
How about the last time you ate a fresh crisp apple? Do you prefer Granny Smiths? Red Delicious? Fujis?
Whichever is your favorite, we know you can recall what it’s like to chomp down on the skin and pull off part of its fleshy insides. There is something special about the crispness, the sweetness, and the tartness that makes it so satisfying.
Now imagine trying to eat either of those things with dentures. Even with an adhesive to help keep your dentures in place, you probably won’t be able to bite into the corn or the apple.
Even if you do, there’s a good chance your “teeth” will end up getting pulled loose rather than biting through the corn or the apple.
Why One Missing Tooth Matters
You may think that losing one tooth won’t make much of a difference, and it won’t — as long as you replace the missing tooth.
You may not notice a difference right away, but every tooth in your mouth has a particular role in helping you bite and chew your food. If you lose one, that puts more stress on your remaining teeth.
At the same time, you begin to lose bone density in the part of your jaw where your tooth is missing. You see, your teeth provide constant stimulation to your jawbone. This spurs new growth, which keeps your bone healthy and strong.
Without one tooth, the bone in that part of your mouth can lose up to 25 percent of its density within a year. This bone loss can weaken the bone that supports your remaining teeth.
With time, the bone loss could cause those adjacent teeth to feel loose and eventually fall out. Once that happens, your bone loss speeds up, putting more and more of your teeth at risk.
Every lost tooth puts more stress on your remaining healthy teeth, and it increases the likelihood that you will lose more.
Stop The Losses
If you have lost a single tooth, it doesn’t have to be the start of a downward spiral that takes more and more teeth with it.
A dental implant could preserve the health of your mouth for decades.
A dental implant replaces the root of your missing tooth. When the titanium cylinder is placed into your jaw, it stimulates your bone just like your root used to do.
This also encourages new bone growth. As a result, the bone will bond directly to your dental implant, and you won’t risk more bone density loss. That keeps you dental implant securely in place, and it maintains the support for the adjacent teeth.
We can add a dental crown to your implant as well. This will allow you to continue eating all the foods that you like to eat.
You can chew on a piece of steak or enjoy a piece of fried chicken. You can keep snacking on your favorite kind of apple, and you can eat the corn right off the cob.
Don’t Give Up The Things You Enjoy
If you have a missing tooth, the worst thing you can do is nothing. On the other hand, the best thing you can do is to get a dental implant, which you can do by visiting Hubbard & Leath Dental.
Our dentist office in Rochester serves patients in Auburn Hills, Troy, and throughout the Detroit area.