Benefits of Dental Implants
Tooth loss is a serious condition that affects every single aspect of your life. Things you once did without thinking about them, such as eating and speaking, suddenly become a major challenge. Your smile suffers. Your jawbone weakens and begins to change shape, altering the shape of your face. Fortunately, there are options available to restore missing teeth and your quality of life. At BiteLock, we offer dental implants for your tooth replacement needs. While dental implants are a more recent development, they are one of the most popular, providing several benefits over traditional options.
Enjoy Your Food
Your teeth have several responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is biting and chewing food. Chewing is essential for breaking down the foods you eat, enabling your digestive system to absorb the nutrients. Tooth loss makes chewing more difficult. When you cannot thoroughly chew, your body has to work harder to access the nutrients foods contain. While dentures can restore chewing, they can slip out of place when you do. This not only makes chewing more difficult, but it can also lead to an embarrassing situation if they slip out of place.
Teeth are responsible for the flow of air when you speak, which gives you the ability to form different words and sounds. Tooth loss leads to a lack of airflow control and can result in a lisp. The more teeth that are lost, the more difficult it is for others to understand you. Again, dentures can restore speech, but you do have to adjust to speaking with them in your mouth. Moreover, if dentures do not fit properly, they can cause a whistle when you talk. Dental implants restore your speech without the need to adjust to a foreign object in your mouth. With airflow properly controlled, you can communicate effectively with others.
No Tedious Oral Care Routine
A common complaint about dentures is how much effort it takes to maintain them. They need to be removed every night, brushed with denture paste and soaked in a denture cleaning solution. After cleaning your dentures, you then need to brush your gums and remaining teeth. Dental implants, on the other hand, can be cared for just like your natural teeth. They can, and should, be brushed with toothpaste as well as flossed every day. Nothing needs to be removed for cleaning or soaked overnight.
Another common issue with dentures is that they are uncomfortable. The hard base rests on your gums, which were never meant to support the pressures that dentures place on them. As a result, the base can rub against your gums and cause sores. The titanium rods that are surgically implanted into your jaw, as well as your jawbone, provide the support for your replacement teeth, meaning no additional pressures on your jaw. Moreover, because the teeth remain stable, they will not rub against your gums.
Maintain a Strong, Healthy Jaw
When you lose your teeth, the jawbone begins to grow weak. The teeth stimulate the jawbone when you chew. This indicates to your body that nutrients are needed. The body then sends exactly what the jaw needs. When teeth are lost, the message grows weaker, and fewer nutrients are sent. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that restores stimulation to your jawbone. The implants, which are placed into the bone, imitate the tooth roots. When you chew, they stimulate the bone like the roots of your natural teeth, and the body responds by sending more nutrients. Implants put a stop to the bone loss that follows tooth loss and helps to maintain the strength and integrity of your jawbone.
With dental implants, we can help to restore the functions of your mouth, your smile, and your overall quality of life. Call Bite Lock at (972) 594-7414 today to schedule your consultation and find out if dental implants are the right solution for you.