If you lose a tooth, what occurs BELOW the gum tissue may surprise you! Many people are unaware that natural tooth roots create a type of stimulation to their jaw bone. This stimulation keeps the jaw bone at a healthy height and width. Without it, however, the bone begins to “melt away.” This decline in bone mass is known as resorption.
Over time, resorption can create many problems. For denture wearers, they typically notice that their denture, which fit well when it was first made, begins to slip and seems loose. As resorption continues, the problems become visual by looking in the mirror. Deep wrinkling occurs around the mouth and the corners of the mouth turn downward, even in a smile. Eventually, jowls form and the mouth seems to collapse into the lower face, giving one a “granny look.”
Eating becomes difficult with a denture that slips and moves. Uncomfortable rubbing occurs and many people resort to a diet of soft foods that dissolve easily in the mouth. Denture adhesives and pastes only help for brief periods and have to be reapplied frequently.
Even those who have lost one or several teeth will experience bone loss in the area where they are missing teeth. It is a fact that those who lose a tooth will most likely lose an adjacent tooth next.
Dental Implants are anchored in the jaw bone, recreating the presence of tooth roots. They not only provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth, they help to halt the process of resorption. They also restore your ability to bite and chew all types of foods comfortably.
For those who wear dentures or partials, or are contemplating replacing a crown-&-bridge combination, there are many reasons that Dental Implants are becoming adults’ preferred method of replacing teeth. Because we are experienced in the placement and restoration of all types of implants, we’ll be happy to discuss which would work best for your individual needs. For a free consultation appointment, call (586) 739-2155 to arrange a time convenient to you.