“What’s the big deal? I only lost one tooth and it’s in the back of my mouth… you can’t even see the gap when I smile.”
What we see when someone smiles is not their teeth. We see the crown portion of a person’s tooth. When we say, “you have nice teeth,” what we should be saying is “you have nice crowns.” The crown makes up only 1/3 of a tooth, the other 2/3 is made up of the root which is equally if not more vital. A tooth root provides stabilization for the crown and stimulation of the jawbone. When all of the teeth are gone the jawbone starts to shrink because the roots are gone.
Tooth roots contribute to most of your biting force. A person who has all of their natural teeth can exert approximately 135 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure when they chew. Full denture wearers generally only exert 35 psi.
Having a dental implant placed will stop the bone deterioration that occurs when a tooth is removed. If you are missing one or more single teeth, the implant will give you a strong foundation for a crown to be placed on top. If you have uncomfortably loose fitting dentures due to deteriorating jawbones, dental implants can be placed to give you back the strength you need to eat your favorite foods.
Dental implants can help you eat healthier and may help you smile with confidence again. To understand what dental implants are and what they can do for you, please call today for a free consultation.