September 6, 2016
It’s rare, but there are times when you regret buying something the minute you walk out of the store. Remember that singing bass on a fake wooden plaque? You probably knew you’d get tired of it soon enough before you even reached your car.
When it comes to dental implants from our Norton Shores, MI dental office, you’ll most likely have the opposite response. You’ll look at the beautiful replacement tooth in the mirror, see your smile is whole again, and wonder why you didn’t get this done sooner. Restorative dentistry like dental implants can restore your smile and confidence. Here are five reasons why you are sure to love your dental implants.
1. Dental implants can help keep your jawbone strong and healthy.
Your natural teeth have roots that run through your gum tissue and into a socket in your jawbone. This holds your teeth securely in your mouth. However, there’s another purpose. When you chew, the pressure from biting down on food travels down the root and stimulates the bone tissue there. When you lose a tooth, you also lose that root. Without the stimulation, the bone tissue around the empty socket begins to deteriorate.
Dental implants include a replacement for the missing tooth and a replacement for the missing root. The titanium root is surgically placed in the empty socket. This gives dental implants their incredible durability. It also stimulates the bone tissue just like a real tooth’s root. With a dental implant, your jawbone can stay strong and healthy.
2. It can be easier to chew and eat your favorite foods with a full set of teeth.
Chewing up food is the main job of your teeth. It’s true that they also help you talk normally and look good. But if your smile won’t chew effectively, then your teeth aren’t doing their job. That’s exactly what can happen with missing teeth. Of course, some of that depends on which tooth is missing. But can you imagine trying to eat corn on the cob without your front teeth?
Dental implants will replace the missing tooth and give your smile back. That means you’ll be able to eat all of the foods you normally would. There are no eating restrictions with a dental implant because it’s very close to having your natural tooth back.
3. You have a lower risk of cavities near the gap when it’s filled by a dental implant.
Cavities are caused by harmful bacteria. They secrete an acid which corrodes your enamel, creating small holes called cavities. These bacteria survive by eating particles of food and drink left behind in your mouth. Brushing and flossing help gets rid of these particles, which is why these help fight tooth decay. When you are missing a tooth, it’s easy for particles to collect along the gumline in that space. This can increase your risk for both cavities on the nearby teeth and gum disease.
Dental implants can help with these by filling that space with a replacement tooth. This way, you’re at no higher risk of cavities than you normally would be.
4. Dental implants can make sure your dentures stay where they belong.
When it comes to replacing a full arch of teeth, it’s hard to beat dentures. They’ve been around for a while, but that’s because they do their job so well. With dentures, you get a full set of replacement teeth held in a gum-colored base. They stay on your gums thanks to the shape of the base and some nontoxic adhesive. However, they can sometimes move, especially if you eat tough food. Your dentures can even fall out on you.
If you have this problem or just want to make sure you never do, your dentures can be connected to dental implants. The titanium roots are still implanted in your jaw. Instead of just one replacement tooth, these roots are connected to the dentures. This will hold dentures securely but comfortably in your mouth.
5. There are no special ways needed to maintain your dental implant.
If you ever had braces, you know some dental treatments need extra work to keep things clean. You might have even had a special small brush to keep braces clean. You’re not opposed to doing a little extra work if the results are worth it. At the same time, it’s not a bad idea to have one less thing to worry about.
When it comes to dental implants, you get the closest thing to a regrown tooth. Dental implants do not need anything special done. All you have to do is brush and floss like you already do.
Dental implants are a great choice for replacing missing teeth. They don’t require any special cleaning, can help protect your teeth, improve your chewing, and make your smile better. They can even keep your dentures in place. Call us today at 231-366-4182 for your next appointment for dental implants.