Living with missing teeth isn’t fun for anyone.
Everyone would prefer to keep all their teeth for life, but you might be surprised to know how many people are missing teeth in the United States. Whether you’re down one tooth, a whole row of teeth, or something in between, you can restore your smile.
And the best way to do that is with the help of dental implants , which we offer at our Oakmont, PA dental office. Today, we will discuss three reasons implants should be part of your teeth replacements.
To learn if implants are right for you, start by scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors at Oakmont Advanced Dentistry. Call 412-828-3311 today.
1. Keep Your Jaw Healthy
One of the biggest concerns when you lose teeth is something you may not see directly. Over time, however, you will see the effects of this change.
When you lose even one tooth, you can begin to lose bone in your jaw. This is because your jawbone and the roots of your teeth have a mutually beneficial relationship. When you bite and chew, your roots stimulate your jaw to produce new bone tissue. That new tissue keep your jaw healthy and strong, which helps to hold your teeth in position.
Without a tooth, there is no root to stimulate your jaw. As your jaw shrinks, it can affect the shape of your face.
Dentures alone don’t address this issue since they don’t include a replacement for your missing roots. That’s precisely what implants are — root replacements. By getting an implant-supported crown, bridge, or dentures, you can stop bone loss in its tracks.
2. Prevent More Tooth Loss
When you have a gap in your smile, it also leaves your more likely to lose more teeth.
As your jaw shrinks, you have less bone to support and secure the teeth you have left. Likewise, missing teeth can allow “drifting” to occur. As your teeth shift positions, this affects the appearance of your smile. It also changes your bite, and it may even leave your teeth feeling loose in your mouth.
With implant-supported replacements, you are filling the empty space in your smile. This can stop the kind of drifting that can lead to additional problems down the road.
3. Restore Your Bite
And don’t overlook the importance of restoring the function of your missing teeth. This can make a big difference in your day-to-day quality of life.
Research has shown that people with traditional dentures only restore about 20 percent of their biting power. That’s better than nothing, but it’s also why eating things like apples, chicken, and steak can pose problems.
With implants, you have a direct connection to your jaw that, for practical purposes, lets you eat the foods that you want to eat without any worries that your new teeth will get pulled out.
Get Back What You’ve Lost
At Oakmont Advanced Dentistry, we encourage you to replace your missing teeth as soon as you are able. By doing so, you can avoid the problems of bone loss and additional tooth loss. Plus you can feel more confident about eating the foods that you love.