There are currently tens of millions of Americans living without one; some or all of their original adult teeth and for one reason or another, many of these people haven’t gone to the dentist for treatment. Some avoid the dentist out of a fear of what they think is going to be a painful experience, while others don’t see the point, especially if one or more teeth have gone missing at the back of the mouth where they aren’t really visible. But the importance of replacing missing teeth transcends these concerns. Dentists the world over consider dental implants to be the best and most sophisticated solution there is to missing teeth and this isn’t only because they restore smiles…
Dental Implants and Jaw Bone Health
In addition to the many benefits and advantages of dental implants as a solution to missing teeth, they also help to keep your jaw healthy and strong when it would otherwise waste away as a consequence of atrophy. You see, bone tissue is a lot like muscle tissue in that when it’s not stimulated or exercised, it atrophies. The roots of your teeth transmit the mechanical forces associated with chewing into the jawbone, keeping it healthy. When teeth aren’t replaced, this stimulation is lost and the bone that used to support the missing teeth becomes resorbed, resulting in a loss of bone volume (evident in the image below).
Replacing missing teeth with traditional technologies, such as a removable bridge or dentures, typically isn’t much help either because these don’t replace the tooth roots. Additionally, they only generally provide marginal functional and cosmetic solutions. Many patients find that over a period of time, the changing shape (shrinking) of their jaws causes removable dentures or partials that once fit snugly to become progressively looser and more uncomfortable. This is why denture-wearers need to return to the dentist every few years or so to have their prosthesis redone.
To make matters worse, with time, the atrophy of the jawbone becomes more severe and it’s precisely this process that results in the ‘sunken’ and aged appearance we frequently associate with the look of the elderly or denture-wearing patients.
The Dental Implant Difference
Dental implants are designed to help replace the entire missing tooth structure, including the root, and so they contribute immensely to the maintenance of good jawbone health. This is just one of the many reasons the expert team at MALO SMILES recommends dental implants to patients who have lost one or more teeth.
Other reasons to choose dental implants include:
- They can give you your confident and beautiful smile back.
- They can help you eat your favorite foods again.
- They help to restore proper bite function and strength.
- The crowns or bridges they support feel very much like natural healthy teeth.
- They help to improve articulation in speech, which also has an important impact on social and professional confidence.
- They are non-removable and used support bridges that don’t typically move or shift around like removable dentures.
- Dental implants are freestanding and don’t typically affect or damage neighboring teeth and gums once healed.
- The teeth they support promote stability to the neighboring teeth.
- Implant-supported fixed bridges are cleaned similarly to natural teeth: you’ll never need to remove your teeth for cleaning again.
- They can last several decades if looked after properly.
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Contact MALO SMILES at 844-625-6872 (844MALOUSA) or via the Contact Form on our website to schedule a Screening Consultation with one of our qualified and experienced dental implant dentists! Find out how our specialists can work along with your existing dentist to give you back the smile you deserve!