Could Dental Implants Improve Your Life?
None of us wants to face losing teeth, but it’s reality for around a third of adults. For many of that third a single lost tooth leads to more and more lost teeth until they’re wearing dentures that simply don’t cooperate.
At Millburn Dental Arts we have a solution to the problem of tooth loss: dental implants. These amazing artificial roots can replace a single tooth, several missing teeth, and even be used to give a sturdy anchor for dentures to clasp on to.
So how could life with a dental implant be better than with dentures or missing teeth? It’s simple when you stop to think about how your life without them is now.
Implants Eliminate Denture Discomfort
Whether you have partial dentures or a complete set there are a whole host of problems that come with them. They slip, they fall out, and they even irritate your gums. It’s hard to get security and stability from a set of removable teeth, and no one knows that better than those who have been wearing them for a while.
Many denture wearers even give up on wearing theirs unless they absolutely have to, which just goes on to create a sense of dread and frustration whenever they’re in. The pain and misery that many people associate with their dentures and lost teeth doesn’t have to go on!
Dental implants anchor directly to the bone in your jaw, and when healed they provide the same level of support and reliability that a natural tooth does. You won’t ever have to worry about gum irritation, dentures that fall out when you smile, or trouble speaking.
Eat Better, Live Healthier
One of the biggest problems for people dealing with tooth loss and dentures is malnutrition. Eating is difficult with lost teeth and dentures, which in turn makes it harder to get the nutrition you need to thrive in your golden years.
Problems eating are so severe for those without teeth that denture wearers actually have a lower life expectancy due to that very problem. There are a lot of foods you can’t eat that you need, and even those you can eat without difficulty are hard to get through.
Dental implants are so stable that they can restore your ability to eat before you know it. Traditional dentures only offer you a small fraction of the bite force of natural teeth, and implant support can get that number incredibly close to natural teeth.
Preserve The Health Of Your Jaw Bone
As we discussed above, a single lost tooth often begins a chain reaction of loss that goes on until every single tooth is gone. The cause of this “domino effect” is bone loss. When a single tooth falls out the bone that supported it is reabsorbed into the body. That loss continues, which in turn destabilizes the neighboring teeth.
As those teeth weaken they start to shift out of position, further causing them to lose stability. Eventually they’ll fall out too, and the whole process begins anew with the remaining teeth. If you have a bridge placed to restore a single missing tooth you might get a functional new look, but you won’t be putting an end to bone loss – only a dental implant can do that.
Implants are made of titanium, which is incredibly good at fusing to bone. By the time an implant has healed it has integrated with your jaw so well that it’s also stopping further bone loss. Even a single implant can put an end to the domino effect before it’s too late!
For denture patients that opt for implant-retained dentures tooth loss isn’t a concern any longer, but bone loss is. Even without a single tooth the bone of the jaw continues to recede, which is why so many people without teeth have a sunken, wrinkle-faced appearance. By adding just a few implants per jaw you’re going a long way toward stopping that loss and ensuring your facial profile stays where it is for the rest of your life.
What Can Dental Implants Do For You?
If you’ve been wondering how you can benefit from dental implants there’s only one way to find out: schedule an appointment at our Millburn office today! We’d love to show you what we can do with dental implants, but we’ll need to do an exam of your mouth before we can determine what’s best for you.