I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
You may have admired the beauty of a friend's smile only to find out that they are sporting dental implants. You might be surprised given how naturally beautiful their teeth appear. The benefits of dental implants don't stop at how they look, though. If you are considering doing the same thing for your smile, you might want to know more. For a quick run-down on the main benefits of dental implants, read on.
Dental implants won’t decay.
The visible portion of the implant is known as a crown. Crowns are constructed of different materials, but they can be made of porcelain, zirconia, and some types of plastic. You must take care to clean around your dental implant even if they won't decay because your natural teeth can still be vulnerable to cavities.
Dental implants can be your secret.
They are not obvious because they are created to blend with your natural teeth seamlessly so no one can tell. Your dentist will make an impression of your mouth so that the implant is the same shape as the missing tooth. Then, the color of the tooth is tweaked until it's just right and the same color as your adjacent teeth. However, if you intend to brighten your smile using a whitening method, do it before you get your implant. In most cases, your implant crown's shade cannot be lightened with bleaching agents.
Dental implants add stability to your mouth.
Your teeth depend on each other to remain stable. When a tooth is missing, the teeth above, below, and next to the space can become loose. That invites bacteria to enter the gums and cause periodontal diseases. If a missing tooth space remains for too long, your teeth can become misshapen.
Dental implants can stabilize other dental work.
If you have several teeth that need help, you can use an implant or two to secure bridgework or dentures. The implant acts as an anchor to secure other crowns and dental work.
Dental implants secure your bones.
Your jawbone can deteriorate with age, medication, medical disorders, and more. One big factor in that deterioration, however, is a missing tooth. The bone beneath your gums should continuously build new bone material to support your teeth. When the jawbone senses that a tooth is gone, bone growth can be compromised. An implant acts as a substitute for a natural tooth because of the way it's made to sink into your jawbone. That preserves bone stability and helps your face and jawline appear firmer.
Talk to your dentist about dental implants to learn more.