Take off the gloomy mask of tragedy,
It’s not your style;
You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad
Ya’ decide to smile!
“Put On A Happy Face” may not have been written about restorative dentistry, but it could apply to some of our patients.
Our goal is for every patient who visits our dentist office in Edgewood, KY, to feel good about their teeth. And if we’ve learned anything, it’s that people who are happy with their smiles are more likely to share them.
We’ve also seen that people who are missing teeth can be hesitant to speak or smile. Missing an entire row of teeth doesn’t just affect how and what you can eat. It can affect your self-confidence, too.
That’s why we want to discuss dental implants. Implants can make your teeth replacements function and feel more like natural teeth than ever before.
By getting your dental implants at Edgewood Dental Care, you can count on secure, stable teeth replacements that can last for a long, long time. To learn more, contact us online or call (859) 474-7830.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacements for the roots of your missing teeth.
Modern dental implants were developed as a result of something quite unexpected. In the 1950s, a Swedish physician was doing research on blood circulation in rabbits. He placed titanium cylinders in the rabbits’ leg bones with the intention of reusing the cylinders throughout his study.
Instead, the bone bonded to the titanium. To put it mildly, this made it difficult to remove the cylinders, but it also gave Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark another idea.
In the 1960s, he had done enough research to place the first dental implants into a human patient. Those implants lasted for the rest of that patient’s life, which was more than 40 years after that procedure.
Implants are a long-term solution. Implants allow your teeth replacements to function like your natural teeth. By having implants in your jawbone, you are adding stability to your dentures. As we’ll explain below, this can make a big difference in your day-to-day experience.
Eating With Implants
Eating with traditional dentures is not like eating with a full set of teeth. Dentures rest over your gums, while teeth are anchored to your jaw.
When you try to take a bite with dentures, it could cause them to slip out of position or get pulled out of place. When you bite with healthy teeth, you can tear through most anything.
Chewing with dentures can become a chore. Because traditional dentures can be loose (and can become looser with time), it may take more effort to grind down each bite of your food. With natural teeth, chewing is effortless in most cases.
There’s a good explanation for all of this.
A healthy human can bite with 200 to 250 pounds of force. In contrast, studies have shown that traditional denture wearers can generate about 50 pounds of force with their bites.
With dental implants, you aren’t just holding your dentures in place. You are creating a direct connection between your dentures and your jawbone. This is similar to the connection that exists when teeth that are embedded in someone’s jaw.
As a result of this, people with dental implants can put significantly more force into each bite and chew. Studies have shown that implant wearers can bite with 80, 90, and nearly 100 percent of the biting force they had before they lost their teeth.
With implant-supported dentures, you will be able to eat practically as well as you could before you lost your teeth. If you enjoy food, this can make a big difference in your quality of life, too.
Speaking With Implants
It’s normal for traditional dentures to become looser with time. That looseness can affect how you speak as well.
When you aren’t sure if your dentures might fall out in the middle of a story, a speech, or a one-on-one conversation, you may become hesitant to say what you are thinking.
With implants to stabilize your dentures, you can feel confident that they will remain in place. This way you can finish your story, your speech, or your chat without worrying that your “teeth” will interrupt you before you reach the end.
How To Learn More About Implants
There’s more to dental implants than we can explain in a single blog post, but our dentists at Edgewood Dental Care would be happy to answer any questions you may have. That includes whether you might be a good candidate for implants or mini implants.
To schedule a consultation, you should first contact us online or call (859) 474-7830. Let us help you put on your happy face!