Are You Wondering about Dental Implants?
- Posted on: Dec 30 2017
We don’t tend to think much about tooth loss unless we have young children in the home. Once we have lost our baby teeth, we all but forget that teeth can even fall out. As far as we have come with our knowledge of oral hygiene and ability to care for our teeth, tooth loss is still a problem that some people may encounter. For this reason, the dental profession has continually sought ways to meet the needs of individuals who have teeth to replace. The key element here is to meet the needs of the individual. To do this, we need to look beyond tooth replacement and understand what those needs are.
Tooth Replacement: What it’s All About
Tooth replacement is not about putting teeth back into the mouth. There is much more to address. Our teeth are vital to chewing. They are integral to speech. These structures hold value to the shape of the face and our very well-being. That’s quite a lot, which is why teeth have a particular setup. Specifically, it is the tether of teeth into the jawbone that enables all of our cosmetic and functional needs to be met.
When we replace teeth with dental implants, we achieve:
- For replacement teeth to be of value, they need to be long lasting; ideally, permanent. Dental implants are not literal teeth replacement fixtures; they are artificial roots. These small posts essentially combine with bone tissue in the jaw as they become surrounded. The solidarity that is achieved significantly increases the long-term reliability of tooth replacement.
- Efficient function. In addition to wanting our teeth to look good, we want them to function well; otherwise, they aren’t all that valuable, are they? The encapsulation of implant posts into the jawbone is what creates the stability we need to chew and speak without our teeth moving out of place.
- It doesn’t take much to clean natural teeth, so we shouldn’t have to go out of our way to maintain replacement teeth, either. Many patients who replace teeth with implants and the proper artificial structure can continue oral care using the same brushing and flossing methods they always have.
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