Our team here at Raptou Family Dental can understand the hardships that accompany tooth loss. We are also intimately familiar with the joys that come with a restored smile.
Right now, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They offer aesthetics, functionality and increased quality of life that other tooth restoration options struggle to match!
Health Problems that accompany Tooth Loss
If you are faced with tooth loss, then you most likely are struggling with an oral health issue. Gum disease, tooth decay, and certain medications can all lead to tooth loss.
If a tooth is lost, then it can lead to more tooth loss in the future. Why? The jaw bone supports and protects your teeth, and it depends on the stimulation of the tooth roots. When a tooth is removed, the jaw bone is no longer stimulated in that area and can start to deteriorate. When that happens, the jaw bone is less capable of preserving your other teeth.
Dentures and dental bridges may replace lost teeth and allow you to speak and eat normally, but they won’t give the jaw bone the stimulation it needs to stay healthy. The jaw bone will begin to wither if it doesn’t receive tactile feedback. Dental implants fix this problem.
Health Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are made of a titanium post inserted into the jaw with a mounted crown. Thus, they replace the entire tooth, from dental crown to root. This not only gives the tooth a natural appearance, but it also gives the jaw bone the stimulation it needs.
Titanium is a biocompatible metal, meaning that the body accepts it and can grow around it. The jaw bone will merge with the post, forming a tight bond via a process called osseointegration. The implants will then give the jaw the tactile feedback it needs, revitalizing it and preventing atrophy. In this way, dental implants encourage bone density and allow healthy bone to develop in the jaw.
Increased Quality of Life
Tooth loss can significantly change how you go about your day-to-day life. If you lose teeth, you are often unable to enjoy the same kinds of foods that you used to. Foods that are hard, crunchy, crispy, or that have sharp edges can now cause pain when you eat them. People with missing teeth are often forced to give up some of their favorite foods because of this.
However, the drawbacks of tooth loss don’t stop there. Since your teeth also contribute greatly to your ability to pronounce words, tooth loss will limit your speaking abilities. People with missing teeth are even hesitant to smile since they’re ashamed of their appearance. However, dental implants can fix all of these problems.
Dental implants have a look, feel and function of natural teeth, so you can eat whatever you want. They’ll also allow you to speak normally and you can smile without feeling embarrassed or self-conscious about your appearance!