Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
Many people will lose one of their teeth during their lifetime. Initially, a person who suffers the loss of a tooth may feel and that the loss is simply cosmetic, having no bearing on their oral health. However, that is not the case. A number of issues may develop if a lost tooth is not quickly restored. Many of the negative issues associated with the loss of a tooth can be remedied by replacing the missing tooth with a dental implant.
Here are some of the benefits of using a dental implant for a single-tooth replacement.
Eating and Speaking
A primary role of a tooth is mastication. The teeth help mechanically break down food in the mouth for easier digestion. When a tooth is missing, a patient's ability to chew is compromised. As a result, the patient may avoid certain foods, leading to nutritional deficiencies.
A dental implant replaces the roots of the lost tooth. As a result, an implant-based restoration is stable and secure within the bone and can withstand the bite pressures associated with chewing a wide variety of foods. Thus, the implant patient can continue to eat a well balanced and varied diet. Other teeth replacement options, such as a partial denture, may be more likely to slip about and limit dietary options.
The jawbone requires regular stimulation to produce enough bone cells to support a healthy thickness. The stimulation that incites the bone cell production is transferred by the teeth.
As the teeth encounter pressure during chewing, they transfer the force to the jawbone, causing stimulation. However, once a tooth is lost, the jawbone is no longer stimulated at the site of the extraction and it may begin to atrophy.
A dental implant rests in the bone of the jaw just as a natural tooth root does. As a result, the device still transfers bite pressure to stimulate cell production in the jawbone and maintain its thickness.
The thickness of the jawbone is important. Once the bone atrophies or shrinks, it may be unable to securely support the remaining natural teeth, leading to the loosening or loss of additional teeth. Also, the jawbone supports the soft tissues of the face for a youthful look. As the jawbone shrinks, the face may look older and worn.
To learn more about dental implants and their benefits, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.