The fact is that missing teeth are a problem that affects 120 million people in the United States alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 36 million Americans are missing all of their natural teeth. That number is only expected to grow.
Dr. Canatella wants patients to know that they don’t have to suffer with the health risks that come with tooth loss. Furthermore, patients deserve to have a smile that is healthy, long-lasting, and as natural-looking as possible.
WHY IT’S WORTH REPLACING YOUR MISSING TEETH
Many patients don’t realize that teeth are always on the move, even if they’ve fully developed. The moment a tooth is lost, the more likely your bite can become uneven. This is because teeth will begin drifting into the empty areas in order to compensate for the additional space.
At the same time, the opposite begins happening to the alveolar bone, which surrounds the tooth and helps keep it in place. Since your tooth socket is empty, nothing is stimulating the bone. This causes it to shrink and recede into other parts of the body, weakening the jawbone and dramatically reducing your biting force overall.
Many patients who use dentures or bridges struggle with malnutrition since they aren’t able to keep a consistent diet, even though they’ve replaced their teeth. While bridges and dentures may solve the issue of drifting teeth, they actually can’t help with the underlying bone recession because they only replace the top portion of a tooth. Replacing the tooth roots with dental implants stimulates bone, helps the face retain its shape, and makes it possible to maintain a healthy diet.
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HOW DENTAL IMPLANTS BECOME PART OF YOUR SMILE
Thanks to many years of research, scientists have determined that titanium contains biocompatible properties. This simply means that the titanium implants used can integrate with organic tissue and natural bone without worry of rejection. For example, when implants are placed inside the jawbone, the bone begins bonding with it over the course of a few months. This process is known as osseointegration.
Once the bonding process is complete and the implant-retained crown is placed on top, your smile will be restored, your oral health will be better off, and you can eat all your favorite foods once again!
TIPS FOR MAKING IMPLANTS LAST FOR LIFE
Just like natural teeth, it’s crucial to keep a dedicated oral care routine to make your implants last.
Even though the implant can’t develop decay, plaque can still easily gather around the base where the gums meet.
By following these steps, you can make your implant last for several decades, and even for life!
Proper oral care consists of:
- Brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste for at least two minutes
- Flossing daily, especially around the base of the implant to remove food debris
- Visiting your dentist every six months for exams and cleanings
- Avoiding all tobacco products
- Never using your teeth as a tool, as this can easily damage the crown attached to the implant
Missing teeth shouldn’t interrupt your daily activities. The sooner you replace them, the better off your oral and overall health will be in the long-term. If you or someone you love is suffering from tooth loss and wants to restore their smile with the most reliable and cost-effective method in dentistry, schedule an appointment with Dr. Canatella today. Our team can’t wait to meet you!