What It Really Means to Replace Teeth
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
Tooth loss has historically been a problem that humans have had to endure. Evidence suggests that early civilizations attempted to replace missing teeth with shells and other seemingly durable objects. In more recent history, we’ve come to rely on dentures made of various materials that mimic the natural appearance of teeth, as well as their durability. An improvement? Yes. Perfect? Not really.
Why Dental Implants Are Better Than Dentures
We cannot say that dentures have not been a valuable dental advancement. Millions of people have been able to regain a degree of function thanks to these fixtures. Dentures still provide benefit, especially when they are combined with dental implants for better retention. It is the development of dental implants that has brought us to the degree of success we now enjoy with tooth replacement. Here’s how . . .
- Dental implants provide permanence. When we need to replace teeth, the ideal is to be able to do so in a manner that lasts forever, or that at least rivals the expected longevity of natural teeth roots. This is achieved by implanting small titanium posts into the place where roots once were. Doing so immediately causes bone cells to regenerate and grow around the metal cylinders, creating a lasting foundation for artificial teeth.
- Bone integration provides ultimate stability. The reason we replace teeth is that we want to restore the ability to bite and chew, to smile with confidence, and to speak clearly. For these functions to occur optimally, teeth must be stable. Most of us have seen “funniest” home videos that feature a set of dentures falling out. This and other embarrassing and uncomfortable situations can be avoided by affixing dentures to a few dental implants.
- Fixed restorations require minimal care. Let’s face it; we are creatures of habit. We like convenience. Tooth replacement shouldn’t force us to modify our oral care routine. Being able to brush and care for artificial teeth in the same basic way we have cared for natural teeth creates an ease that lends to consistency.
We would love to see you in our Pittsford dental office to talk with you about how dental implants can help you deal with tooth loss. Call 585-248-2383.
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