Later this year, we will be voting for the next President of the United States.
This got us to thinking about our first President, George Washington. Many of you may have heard the stories about him having wooden teeth. The truth is that he did have false teeth, but they were not made of wood.
His false teeth were made of ivory, and they were held in place with wires that were attached to his remaining natural teeth, according to the Mount Vernon website.
In the history of the humanity, people have used all kinds of things — ivory, animal bones, animal teeth, and even teeth taken from dead soldiers — to replace lost and missing teeth.
Today, we have a much better option for our patients at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA. That option is dental implants. Keep reading to understand why our dentist called them “the greatest new technology we have in dentistry.”
What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental crowns, bridges, and dentures are primarily meant to replace the crowns of your missing teeth. Dental implants replace the roots of your lost teeth.
The roots anchor your teeth in your jaw, much like the root of a tree holds it in the ground. This also helps to explain how dental implants can help you.
First, dental implants are good for the bones in your mouth.
Your roots provide stimulation to the bone when you bite and chew, and this encourages new bone growth. If you lose a single tooth, you can lose up to 25 percent of your bone density in that part of your mouth with a year.
A dental implant can provide similar stimulation to your bone, which keeps it healthy, growing, and strong.
Second, modern dental implants are titanium metal cylinders. We use titanium because of a process known as osseointegration, which means that your bone will bond directly to the implant. That is why your dental implants stay will stay securely in your jaw.
Crowns And Bridges
If you have a missing tooth or you need a tooth removed, placing a dental implant provides a solid foundation for one of our CEREC dental crowns.
If you have lost multiple teeth, then you may want dental implants to hold a dental bridge or partial dentures.
With either dental crowns or bridges, you will look like you have a full set of natural teeth, and just as important, they will give you the function of a full set of teeth as well.
Dentures With Implants
If you are missing a complete arch of teeth, then you may have resigned yourself to a life of soft foods. You may have accepted that your dentures could come loose while you are speaking or eating.
And you may think that you just have to accept the taste of the adhesives you use so your dentures will be a little more secure.
Thanks to dental implants, that doesn’t have to be the case for you.
A healthy person with all of his or her teeth has a bite force between 200 and 250 pounds. That’s more than enough to eat the foods that people like the eat.
In contrast, you may only have one-fifth or one-sixth of the bite force that you had with your natural teeth if you have dentures, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation.
That means a person who had 250 pounds of bite force would only have between 42 and 50 pounds of force with dentures. If that’s the maximum bite force you can produce, then it makes sense why biting into an apple, chewing on a piece of steak, or trying to bite into a piece of candy could be challenging.
Believe it or not, you can get all your bite force back with dental implants. By strategically placing dental implants in your mouth, they can support a full set of dentures.
Implants make your dentures secure and stable. This means your dentures will remain in place no matter what foods you try to eat, and you won’t have to worry about your dentures coming loose.
Stronger, Healthier, Happier
As long as people experience tooth decay and gum disease and teeth sometimes get knocked loose, then people will have a reason to replace missing and lost teeth.
If this happens to you, our dentist at Lapalco Family Dental in Marrero, LA, will be happy to place dental implants to restore your smile.
If you would like to find out if implants could help you or someone you love, call 504-264-6461 or fill out our online form to make an appointment.