Did you know that people who use dentures lose much of their biting force due to tooth loss? In fact, those who wear dentures typically only have 10 to 15 percent of their biting force, making their diet extremely limited. A limited diet can easily lead to malnutrition, which links to many other complications later in life.
However, dental implants in Coeur d’ Alene can be used to replicate your teeth from top to bottom. To learn more about implants and their benefits, keep reading!
What are Dental Implants?
When we talk about dental implants, it’s not just about replacing the visible portion of your tooth. It’s also about replacing the root that’s deep in your gum tissue. Therefore, implants are technically prosthetic tooth roots that integrate with bone, which is nothing like dentures or bridges that rest on top of the gums. They consist of a titanium post, an implant-retained crown, and an abutment. This acts as a connector between the crown and the implant.
To be eligible for implants, you’ll need to have enough jawbone available so the implant has room to adhere properly once placed. You’ll also need to have healthy gums so the tissue can heal around the abutment appropriately. If either of these are an issue, ask the dentist about the possibility of receiving bone grafts or periodontal therapy. These treatments can work to restore your gum tissue and expand the volume and density of your jawbone, making implants a viable solution for your missing teeth.
What are the Benefits?
Unlike dentures or dental bridges, dental implants are the most natural looking and natural feeling option. Even if you wear a denture, it’s typically pretty clear when someone is missing teeth, especially an entire arch. This is due to the jawbone not being stimulated properly as well as the lack of blood flow to the mouth, causing the jaw to shrink and the face to shift and sag prematurely. Since implants replace the root of teeth, you’re truly addressing the source of these issues directly.
Furthermore, implants give back your full biting force, making it easy to chew any foods you can imagine. Foods like apples and steak are easy to eat once again!
Do They Require Routine Maintenance?
Dental implants are meant to mimic natural teeth as closely as possible. When it comes to keeping them healthy, there are no additional habits needed. Simply brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily, and visit the dentist every six months. Routine visits will help confirm that your gums are healthy and that no complications are occurring. You’ll also want to avoid using all tobacco products, which can severely damage gum tissue.
When placed by an experienced implant dentist and properly cared for, implants can easily last a lifetime! To learn more about the process, schedule an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Filip Orban works hard to create implant-retained crowns that blend in exactly with your natural smile. Once your implant has fully healed, he can create a custom crown that’s more reliable than any denture or bridge. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.