August 12, 2016
It’s that time of year when people all over the world get together with family and friends.
We play games like pin the crown on the implant and bobbing for apples with teeth replacements.
We can’t wait for the big parade, either …
What? You don’t know what we mean.
It’s Dental Implant Month. At least, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry says so.
OK, so maybe we aren’t really having a parade at Oregon Smile Care Center, but we do think dental implants are worth celebrating.
We can attach a dental crown to an implant (although it’s not a game). However, it is true that having your missing teeth replaced with dental implants will make it easier if you do decide to go bobbing for apples in the near future.
Why You Should Celebrate
If you have all your teeth, you may be thinking, “Why should I care that it’s dental implant month?”
We get it. You’ve got your teeth, so you don’t need dental implants. In all honesty, we hope that remains true for the rest of your life, for your sake and for the sake of your or health.
However, we also know a few other things that make us suspect that at least a few of you are likely to need teeth replaced in the future.
Based on a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Within that group, there are around 35 million who are missing at least one entire row of teeth.
To use conservative estimates, 1 in 3 Americans are missing a tooth, and 1 in 10 are missing a row of teeth.
Those figures aren’t meant to worry you. They are only meant to be a reality check with regard to the likelihood that you may need one or more teeth replaced at some point in your life.
If that time should ever come for you or someone close to you, you may be grateful that dental implants exist.
How Implants Are Used
Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or every tooth in your mouth.
The implants are not the whole replacement, but they work to make the whole replacement function more like a natural tooth.
Dental implants replace the roots of your missing teeth. By placing an implant in your jaw, you are effectively placing an anchor for the replacement for the crowns (the visible part of your teeth).
A single implant can support a dental crown if you need to replace a single tooth or a small dental bridge if you need to replace a couple teeth.
If you need multiple teeth replaced, the number of dental implants can vary depending on the size of the dental bridge and the location where it will be placed.
Last, but certainly not least, a series of dental implants can be placed to support a set of dentures.
How Implants Help Your Oral Health
From a practical standpoint, dental implants make your teeth replacements stronger and more secure. Your smile is whole again, and you will be able to bite and chew foods like you could when you had all your natural teeth.
What you may not realize is that dental implant also can help your mouth stay healthy.
In a way, dental implants are like the crew who work behind the scenes a movie. You don’t see what they are doing, but their work makes what you see on the screen possible.
For someone who is missing a small number of teeth, having implants is a great addition. We don’t notice it usually, but our teeth are moving in our mouths every day. Part of the reason we don’t see it is because our teeth press into one another. This mutual support keeps our teeth the same positions (for all practical purposes).
If someone loses one or more teeth and doesn’t replace them, the nearest teeth can start to drift into that opening, which can cause more teeth to lose their support. By getting dental implants with you teeth replacements, you are recreating the support once provided by your missing teeth.
Below your gumline, implants are helping in another way. When you eat, your implants are pressed into your jawbone. This pressure causes your bone to create new tissue, and that keeps your jaw healthy and strong.
Celebrate Dental Implants
Whether you need dental implants today to replace missing teeth or you need them in the future, Oregon Smile Care Center can help you get them.