August 11, 2017
If you are reading this, then you are not an alligator and you are not a shark. That means you can’t regrow your permanent teeth if you lose one or more of them.
However, you can schedule a consultation with Laura Y. Ki, DDS, at our dentist office in Fairfax, VA. You also can get dental implants to do more than just fill the gaps in your smile.
Below, we discuss three big benefits that come with dental implants. If you want to find out what implants could do for you or for someone you love, schedule a consultation at our office. You can contact us online or call 703-552-2530.
➧ Replace Missing Teeth
You might be thinking that you can get dentures or a dental bridge to do this. That’s true, but it’s not the same as getting implant-supported dentures, bridges, or crowns.
By themselves, dentures and bridges only replace part of your teeth. They don’t include replacements for the roots. In either situation, this can create problems for your smile and your jaw (more on this later).
Without dental implants to replace the roots of your teeth, dentures will become looser and less stable. The longer you have traditional dentures, the more likely you are to need adhesives. But they only provide limited and temporary improvements in stability.
Traditional bridges require you to reshape healthy teeth to replace one or two that are missing. If that bridge breaks or wears out, you may need to get a larger bridge and possibly reshape more teeth in the process.
With implants, you can replace a single lost tooth with an implant and crown without doing anything to nearby teeth. Implants can provide the support for your bridge as well, rather than other teeth.
And with implant-supported dentures, you won’t need adhesives to feel like they will stay in place.
➧ Restore Your Bite
Losing teeth affects your smile, but it also affects the most important function of your mouth — eating. Without secure teeth replacements, you may not be able to bite and chew the foods that you want to eat.
Dentures are the best example of this. A person with traditional dentures can — in the best cases — bite with about one-fourth of the power of someone with a full set of healthy teeth. Dentures that rest outside your gums can, unfortunately, be pushed or pulled out of place if you bite into an apple, carrot, or corn on the cob. Loose dentures also can make it more difficult to chew steak, chicken, and many other foods.
In contrast, researchers have shown that patients with implant-supported dentures can restore 80 percent, 90 percent, even close to 100 percent of the biting power of someone with a full set of teeth.
When you can bite with that much force, you can continue eating the foods that you want to eat. You can bite into things without worrying that your replacement teeth will get pulled out, and you can chew foods without worrying that your jaw will get sore.
➧ Preserve Your Jaw
Dental implants are anchored in your jaw, just as your roots once were. This is what give you the power behind your bite. This also is what make implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures more stable.
But implants also help you keep your jaw healthy and strong. Before you lost your teeth, your roots pressed into your jawbone with each bite and chew that you made. Your jawbone responded to that pressure by making new bone tissue. That prevented your jaw from shrinking.
By getting implants, you are replacing the roots of your teeth. As such, implants can create similar pressure so your jaw will keep making new bone tissue. This can prevent your jaw from shrinking after you’ve lost teeth.
Do More For Your Mouth
Don’t settle for dentures or bridges when dental implants can help you do so much more.