Time to Consider Dental Implants?

Dental Implant

How do you know when it is time to replace missing teeth with dental implants?

The answer is: There is no time like the present!

There are many reasons that you should consider dental implants sooner rather than later.  This week’s blog will explain why now is the time to consider dental implants.

Dental Implants Preserve the Jaw Bone

The most important reason to consider dental implants now is that they actually preserve and maintain your jaw bone.  The bones of your upper and lower jaws only have one purpose: to hold teeth.  When teeth are missing, the jaw bone slowly begins to shrink or deteriorate over time.

As the bone gradually gets smaller and smaller, your window of opportunity for placing a dental implant also gets smaller.  By waiting too long, you can reach a point where you do not have enough bone in a particular site to place a dental implant.

When your dentist places a dental implant into the jaw bone in the site of a missing tooth, you are actually “tricking” your bone into thinking there is a tooth in that spot.  A dental implant stops the shrinking process and keeps the width and height of the jaw bone.

Dental Implants Improve Your Ability to Chew

When you are missing a tooth (or multiple teeth), you do not have the necessary amount of chewing surfaces available to properly grind your food.  Especially if you are missing one or more molars, your chewing ability is seriously lacking.  Many patients have shared with us that they thought they were chewing adequately . . . Until they had dental implants.  Then they realized they had not been chewing well at all as compared to how well they can chew now!

By replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you recreate the proper bite and the right amount of chewing surfaces necessary to chew well.

Dental Implants do not Depreciate over Time

We know that dental implants are a significant investment and that sometimes this can make it hard to “pull the trigger”.  An important thing to know about dental implants is that, unlike anything else you can invest in like a car or new flat-screen TV, they will not depreciate in value or become obsolete over time.  They do not require replacement in the future, and at 20 years in use, they function just as well as they did in the beginning. 

By replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, you are making an investment that pays off for the rest of your life!

Dental Implants Protect the Neighboring Teeth

When a tooth is missing, the teeth on both sides of that newly created space suffer some consequences. 

A tooth right next to a missing tooth space usually undergoes rapid gum recession on the side of the tooth facing the space.  This gum recession can lead to tooth sensitivity and cavities on the root.

This neighboring tooth also receives more chewing force that it was made to withstand.  Each tooth is supposed to carry a certain amount of the burden of chewing.  When a tooth is lost, the teeth on each side now have to bear more of that force.  This puts these teeth at risk for chipping and cracking.

By replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, you protect the adjacent teeth from problems like gum recession and cracking.

Dental Implants Lower Your Risk for Dental Problems

A common consequence of a missing tooth is shifting of the other teeth around it.  This leads to the opening of small gaps between the teeth and changes in the bite.  As these gaps lead to increased food impaction (getting food stuck between the teeth), it is more than just an annoyance.  Food impaction causes an increased risk for cavities and gum disease.

As the teeth shift in response to the missing tooth, you may experience changes in the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.  Even the smallest change in a bite can wreak havoc on your TMJs (jaw joints).  Bite changes can lead to headaches, clicking and popping in the jaw joint, painful muscle tension, and even locking in your jaws.

By replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant, you can prevent these potentially dangerous bite changes!

Want More Information about Dental Implants?

Call your nearest Wellness Dental location today to schedule a consultation with our dental implant experts.  Our doctors will walk you through the process of replacing a missing tooth with dental implants and help you get started as soon as you are ready.  NOW is the time to consider dental implants!

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