Implant dentistry and why you want it
You’ll want implant dentistry because missing teeth can cause a host of oral health problems
What image does “oral health” create for you?
Do you look in the mirror and see the shape of your teeth? Whether or not they are crooked, stained or chipped? Do you start to analyse your gums and wonder if everything’s okay? Does toothache worry you into action?
It’s a fair bet that most people shrug off those types of questions: after all, what are teeth but bones that make eating easier. What are our gums but the placeholders of teeth?
The image that “oral health” should create is: your teeth, your gums and your jaws. These three really aren’t separate, not really—they are in fact parts of a whole. If you lose a tooth it will affect the health of your gums, jaws and remaining teeth. That is why it is so important to look at your oral health as everything you see when you open your mouth.
Implant Dentistry and your oral health
A dental implant replaces the missing tooth root and then a dental crown, bridge or denture will replace the crown of the tooth.
Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw: over a period of months they will bond with your jawbone for a strong and sturdy tooth root. Because they are made out of titanium, they are biocompatible and so your jaw is far less likely to reject the foreign material.
By replacing a tooth with dental implants you are ensuring:
- That you don’t lose jawbone density – When you lose a tooth, the jawbone starts to dissolve, if you wait too long before getting treatment the jawbone dissolves and it makes getting restorative treatments very difficult: usually a bone graft is necessary in order to make implant dentistry a viable option.
- That your remaining teeth don’t move out of place – When you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap start to shift trying to compensate for the gap. Not only does this give you crooked teeth but it can negatively impact your bite: that is to say the way that your upper and lower jaw meets.
A misaligned bite can cause jaw pain, ear ache and headaches as well as cause you to grind your teeth.
Implant dentistry is the best choice to maintain optimal oral health after tooth loss
While other treatments only replace the crown of the tooth, implant dentistry is a whole-tooth replacement: giving you the most comprehensive restorative dental care.