If you are considering a big investment in your well-being as part of your 2017 New Year’s resolutions, and you have missing teeth, then you may want to consider saving your jawbone and restoring your smile. Yes, you can lose your jawbone after you lose your teeth. But before we delve into that scary prospect, let’s look at the many other inconveniences that come with missing teeth and dentures:
- Having to avoid many enjoyable foods;
- Having to take teeth out to clean them;
- Breaking dentures and bridges and having to get them fixed;
- Dentures and bridges becoming increasingly loose-fitting as the jaw loses density;
- Loss of clarity of speech.
Many people want solutions to these problems, especially if they are young and looking at many years of wearing false teeth. A permanent solution to all of the above is dental implants. These are a big investment and it is worth shopping around for a good dentist to do this important work. If you live in Kent, dental implants are available from the Centre for Aesthetic Periodontics and Implantology Limited.
Meanwhile, back at the jawbone…
Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone and replace the tooth root. Without the constant stimulation of teeth clacking against each other and the tiny vibrations that send down into the roots, the bone in the jaw starts to lose density, and the teeth surrounding the gap can tip into it.
While false teeth can prevent teeth from moving, they cannot stop the jawbone losing integrity. It literally shrinks and dissolves away over time, reducing the distance between the tip of the nose and the chin. This is why people missing many teeth can prematurely develop that sunken look that we associate with old age.
Dental implants to the rescue!
Dental implants not only stop the jaw melting away, they also encourage it to grow new bone tissue around the implant. Implant posts are made of titanium, a lightweight metal with an amazing capacity to encourage bone to grow new tissue and blood vessels and become one with the implant, in a process known as osseointegration.
Implants save your jaw and because they pretty much last until you die, your jaw will always stay looking young.