You are looking over the menu, wondering what you should eat. You have been looking forward to trying this new restaurant ever since it opened.
Part of the reason for that is your new implant-supported dentures from Blankenship Family Dentistry. Your new “teeth” look and feel like having your real teeth once again. You know that you will be able to bite and chew anything that you order. (Whether you like the taste is another matter.)
Don’t Let A Bad Problem Become Worse
No one will deny that losing teeth is bad. Whether you lost your teeth due to poor oral care, an injury or accident, or some kind of infection, the result is the same. You have a gap in your smile.
We encourage you to replace your lost tooth or teeth as soon as you are able for a few reasons. First, tooth loss leads to bone loss in your jaw. Your teeth (and specifically the roots of your teeth) push into your jaw when you bite and chew. That stimulates new bone growth, which is needed to replace old bone tissue that is absorbed into your body.
Second, the missing teeth in your mouth can allow the remaining teeth to “drift.” The pressure from eating tends to push teeth toward the front of your mouth. When you have a full set of teeth, they provide mutual support, which keeps them in the same place in your mouth. With even one missing tooth, that support is lost, which allows your teeth to shift positions. That can change your bite, which affects both your smile and your ability to bite and chew.
Together, these changes can increase your risk of losing more teeth over time.
Rebuild Your Missing Teeth
Dentures, bridges, and crowns are restorations for the natural crown of your teeth. To get complete teeth replacements, you need to replace your missing roots as well. That’s why dental implants were developed. It’s also why implants help you avoid the problems mentioned above.
Since implants are placed directly in your jawbone, they add stability to your restorations. It also creates a direct connection from your crown, bridge, or dentures to your jaw. That allows you to put more force behind every bite. This is good for your oral and your overall health since you can eat a wide variety of foods.
With your new teeth, you also will stop the drifting we described above. If you still have natural teeth, you want to keep them as long as you can. Stopping them from moving around plays an important role in your long-term oral health.
Support Your Smile
Dental implants are an investment in your oral health and your quality of life. Enjoy the foods that you love. Speak knowing that your replacement teeth won’t slide around. Smile naturally again.