Teeth replacement has come a long way in the course of human history.
Thousands of years ago, people use stones and seashells. Hundreds of years ago, people were using animal bones, animal teeth, ivory, and teeth taken from the deceased to replace missing teeth.
More recently, we have developed ceramic and other materials that created lifelike replacements for lost teeth.
But it’s only been within the last few decades that we have been able to truly replace the entire tooth. With the development of dental implants, you can now have replacements for the roots and the crowns of your teeth.
One of the best places to go for dental implants is Forever Young Dentistry. Our dentist office is located in Sterling Heights, MI, but we serve patients from Rochester, Troy, and everywhere in between.
Today, we want to address three big reasons we believe dental implants make your teeth replacements better.
- Implants Promote Bone Health
Losing one tooth can lead to additional tooth loss. This is one of the reasons we want our patients to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
It’s also why we encourage whole tooth replacement whenever possible.
Let’s consider someone who has all of his or her teeth for a moment. This person’s teeth are anchored into his or her upper and lower jaws by the roots. This is possible because of the mutual relationship between the root and the jawbone.
All bones go through a process called resorption, in which old tissue are reabsorbed. As long as you bones create new tissues to replace the old ones, your bones remain healthy and strong.
Your jawbone creates new tissue as a direct reaction how it interacts with your teeth. You press your roots into your jaw whenever you bite and chew. That pressure leads your jaw to created new bone tissue.
If you remove even one tooth, that part of your jaw will not feel the pressure, and as a result, it will not make new tissue as needed to maintain the density of your bone. The more teeth you lose, the more widespread this problem can become.
Since dental implants a placed directly in your jaw, they provide pressure similar to what your roots provided. This encourages the new tissue growth that keeps your jawbone healthy.
- Implants Provide Stability
One of the key advantages of dental implants is the stability they provide. This can be illustrated with dentures.
Traditional dentures rest directly over your gums. They are not anchored to your jawbone in any way. This can allow your dentures to slip out of position.
It can happen while you are eating (or trying to eat) certain foods. It can happen when you are talking to someone in personal or professional situations. It can happen when you laugh, sneeze, or cough, too.
Regardless of why it happens, it can lead to some awkward moments for you and the person with you at the time.
With dental implants, you have a solid foundation to support your dentures, dental bridge, or dental crown.
It doesn’t matter if you need to replace all your teeth, multiple teeth, or just one tooth. With dental implants, you can trust that your replacement teeth will stay where they are supposed to be.
- Implants Add Strength
For a long time, tooth replacements did a decent job of restoring the appearance of a complete set of teeth, but they weren’t as good at restoring the function.
Again, this goes back to the fact that those older teeth replacements were not secured in place. Dentures are the best way to illustrate this point.
The average person who has all of his or her teeth generates a bite force between 200 and 250 pounds. This is more than enough to eat the foods that you enjoy.
Multiple studies have shown that people with traditional dentures can generate up to 50 pounds of pressure with their bite. That’s a big drop-off, and it explains why people with traditional dentures can have difficulty eating chewy, crunchy, and crispy foods.
It takes some time to heal after have implants placed, but as you heal, your bite force will increase as well. In fact, many dental implants patients can regain close to 100 percent of their original biting ability.
What Do You Want From Your Replacement Teeth?
If you need to replace teeth now or in the future, think about what that should mean. Do you just want a pretty smile, or do you also want a strong, stable replacement that will help your jaw stay healthy?
To get the stability of a dental implant, contact our dentist office in Sterling Heights. Call 586-698-7135 or use our online form to make your appointment at Forever Young Dentistry. We will be here when you need us.