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The importance of your roots…

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For as long as there have been humans with teeth, there has been tooth loss.

Replacing missing teeth is something even early civilisations recognised the benefits of. Archeologists have recovered ancient skulls where materials such as cast iron and carved seashells replaced missing teeth. Despite these primitive methods and materials, some of these early implants actually fused with the bone, showing how suitable the jawbone is for replacements to natural teeth.

Obviously (and thankfully!), dental implants have come on hugely since this primitive era.

Modern dental implants have been around for quite a while, and over the 40 or so years since they first came on the market for dental patients, dental researchers have been coming up with great ways to make the most of the only tooth restoration method that replaces the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

The importance of your roots

Replacing the root of a tooth might not sound like a big deal, until, that is, you lose enough teeth to have to have dentures or a bridge. Then you realise just what an important part of the tooth the root actually is. It holds the tooth in place so that it can withstand the multidirectional forces created by biting and chewing. For the average male, these forces are about 97kg or 200lbs. That’s a lot of force! Dentures which rely on suction to the gums for support, can only deliver about a quarter of that force. Dental implants, on the other hand – can deliver the full amount of force as natural teeth!

Your jawbone and the dangers of bone loss

Losing one or more of your teeth will start a chain of events that can have physical and cosmetic consequences. The most obvious result is a gap in your smile. Less obvious is the loss of chewing function, making you lack a healthy balanced diet and unable to digest your food. While these are serious issues, a potentially bigger problem lies hidden beneath the surface: bone loss.

The other thing dental implants do that dentures and bridges can’t do, is maintain a strong, healthy jawbone.You need roots for that because the tremors created in the roots when the crowns meet in biting and chewing tell the bone cells that the jawbone is still in use and they need to renew themselves. Without that signalling, it’s not long before the jawbone actually starts to dissolve itself, thinking it’s no longer in use. Your jawbone shrinks and becomes less dense, your chin gets closer to your nose, and your cheeks cave in. It’s not a good look… at all!

Dental Implants as a solution

Titanium dental implants have been around for over 30 years. Titanium offers the benefit of being lightweight and very strong and isn’t rejected by the body. Dental implants also benefit from having the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.

Dental implants may be used to replace almost any missing tooth, provided there is adequate jawbone to support it. If not, we can offer a bone graft procedure to rebuild enough jawbone to safely place an implant.

The dental implant is placed directly into the jawbone below the gum tissue. A temporary cap may be placed on the implant until the healing period is complete. A cosmetic temporary crown can also be made to fill the missing space.

In the final step of your treatment with dental implants, a custom-made crown is attached onto the implant. This restores form and function to your missing tooth, so you can enjoy a healthy smile once more.

To summarise, your jawbone needs the chewing action of the teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong.  Otherwise it will begin to disappear. Without the support of your teeth and facial bones, your face will begin to sag.

So, if you want to avoid that prematurely aged look, carry on being able to eat a wide, nutritious, and interesting diet, and avoid the embarrassment of false teeth wobbling around in, and possibly exiting your mouth, you may want to seriously look into the possibility of getting dental implants.

Send us an email today to get a free consultation from Dr Adeel Ali and the team.

posted on:- 02-01-2018
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