What are the elements of a perfect smile?
We think most of us would agree on a few things.
✔︎ Your teeth should be clean and white.
✔︎ Your teeth should be straight and parallel to one another.
✔︎ Your teeth should be evenly spaced.
Oh, and one more thing …
✔︎ You should have a complete set of teeth, or you should at least look like you have a complete set of teeth.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. That includes around 35 million Americans who are missing one or both rows of teeth.
It’s also a good reason why Forever Young Dentistry offers dental implants to replace lost teeth. If you live in or near Sterling Heights, MI, keep reading or visit our dentist office to learn more about this amazing service.
The Many Problems Of Missing Teeth
If you already are missing teeth, you are aware of the drawbacks.
A single missing tooth can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. It also may affect how you eat.
More than likely, you will try to avoid biting or chew with that part of your mouth, which can work as a short-term solution. The problem with that is you end up causing more wear and tear to teeth in another part of your mouth. This increases the chances that they will develop problems later.
If you are missing multiple teeth, this compounds the problems mentioned above.
You may feel compelled to hide your teeth as much as possible. You may go so far as to cover your mouth with your hand or a napkin whenever you are speaking to someone else.
Eating becomes even more difficult. If you are missing teeth are all in the front of your mouth, biting into something may become too difficult. This could result in you giving up some of your favorite foods.
And losing an entire row or both row of teeth severely limits your diet. You aren’t going to enjoy a juicy steak or fried chicken if you can’t chew up the meat.
There’s a saying that we don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. For too many people, this is true when it come to teeth.
Dental Implants Can Solve Your Problems
People have understood that losing teeth is a problem — if only for practical reasons — for thousands of years.
What we would consider ancient cultures came up with some unique ways for dealing with these problems. Anthropologists have found examples of stones and seashells being used to replace missing teeth.
Closer to our own times, people using ivory, animal bones and teeth, and even teeth removed from the deceased to replace lost teeth.
Today, we have ceramic materials to craft replacements that look very much like real teeth.
Yet with all that innovation, we were still missing something. We were still missing a stable way to replace the roots of our teeth.
That was before modern dental implants were invented. Today, we can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a whole role of teeth by combining implants with dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.
The Positive Impact Of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be life-changing for individuals who receive them.
Implants add strength and stability to the replacements for the missing crowns of your teeth. This means you have the closest thing to a complete tooth replacement next to regrowing your tooth (which, unfortunately, is not something that people can do).
Consider a person with traditional dentures. This rest over his or her gums. As long as they stay in place (which we all know they don’t always do), dentures can give you the appearance of a complete smile.
From a practical standpoint, they can restore about one-fourth of your original biting force. That’s better than nothing, but it will affect what you are able to eat.
If we give that same person a set of dental implants to support those dentures, he or she could regain something close to his or her original biting power.
That means that patient will be able to eat all the foods that he or she likes, and that patient can feel confident that his or her replacement teeth will remain in place at all times.
See The Difference Dental Implants Can Make
We’ve seen how dental implants have changed the lives of our patients at Forever Young Dentistry. To experience this change for yourself, contact our dentist office if you live in or near Sterling Heights, MI.
You can make an appointment with our online form or by calling 586-698-7135.