Dental Implants For The Win!

  • May 19, 2016

The best sports teams need more than just a superstar to succeed.

We know this from watching various Pistons teams over the years. The teams that won NBA championships had a mix of role players and stars to create a solid group.

That same idea works in restorative dentistry, too.

Dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures may be the stars of teeth replacement, but dental implants are the role players that provide the support that lets the stars shine.

In a similar way, the team at our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI, wants to help support our stars. That’s you, our patients. If you are missing one, two, or all your teeth, find out how Forever Young Dentistry and dental implants could help you.

Strong Defense

It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s also true in many cases. Defense does win championships. So, how does this principle apply to dental implants?

A healthy tooth includes a crown, which is the part that is visible when you smile or talk, and the root, which is the part hidden under your gums.

Your root is basically the anchor of your tooth. With every bite and every chew, the root pushes into your jaw and provides a bit of stimulation.

That stimulation is a signal to your jaw to create new tissue. As the old bone tissue is resorbed, the new tissue is what keeps you jaw strong and healthy.

When you lose a tooth or several teeth, those parts of your jawbone no longer receive stimulation. As a result, your jaw doesn’t make the new tissue that it should to keep up with the old tissues that are being resorbed.

Over time, you will lose bone mass and bone density. This can weaken your jaw, increase your risk of more tooth loss, and may even change the appearance of your face.

To defend against those problems, you can get one or more dental implants, depending on your needs. The implants (like your roots) will press into your jawbone. This will provide the stimulation needed to encourage new growth.

When this happens, your bone will hold your implants firmly and securely in place.

High-Powered Offense

When you’ve got a good defense, it can lead to offensive scoring opportunities. This is true on a basketball court, but is it true in your mouth?

Let’s count eating as scoring in this case.

A person with a full set of teeth can generate between 200 and 250 pounds of force. That’s a lot, and it’s more than enough to enjoy the foods that people like to eat. You can bite into corn on the cob without any problems. You can chew up a piece of chicken without any concerns, too.

A person who has lost teeth may replace them with dentures. This is OK, but dentures are not as effective at biting or chewing as real teeth. In fact, the foods we mentioned above could create problems for someone with dentures.

Instead of sinking your “teeth” into the corn, your dentures may come loose. You still may be able to eat the chicken, but it may take a lot more time than it did before you lost your teeth.

If you place your dentures on a series of dental implants, then your “offense” may get a lot better. Studies have shown that people with implant-supported dentures can regain close to and sometimes all of their original bite force.

The Three-Point Play

In our practice, we have found dental implants are frequently used for one of three tooth loss issues.

➤ You are missing a tooth.

This is more common than you may realize, but it’s also a problem that’s easily fixable. You can place a dental crown on a dental implant, and your smile will look as good as it ever did.

➤ You are missing multiple teeth.

In this case, a dental bridge would be a better option. A bridge is made by fusing multiple dental crowns together. Your dental bridge may be attached to one or more dental implants for support and stability.

➤ You are missing a whole row of teeth.

We already mentioned implant-supported dentures. This is what that are made to replace.

Build Your Winning Team

You may have lost something when your teeth went missing, but you can win it back. You can rebuild your team, starting with your decision to learn more about dental implants at our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI.

Call 586-698-7135 or fill out our online form to make your appointment at Forever Young Dentistry.