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Dental Implants Are Essential for Maintaining Your Facial Structure

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 by Sam Khammar

Dental ImplantsWhile dental implants are extremely impressive on the outside, looking and feeling like a real tooth, what they are able to achieve under the gum line is what makes them completely revolutionary. Dentistry and science have taken implants to an entirely new level of biosynthesis. A few decades ago medical science discovered that titanium had a peculiar quality in that it was able to meld perfectly with organic material. Through a process known as osseointegration, the titanium convinces the body that the tiny metal screw, which is essentially what your dental implants are, is part of the organic structure of the mouth. As such, the body makes sure, through the jawbone, that the tooth, or in this case your crown on top of your dental implant, is fully supported. What this does is make your implant extremely secure. At the same time, it works an amazing piece of magic for the jawbone itself.

Dental implants have one of the highest success rates of a surgically installed prosthetic. Conservatively speaking they are successful 92% of the time though the actual success rate is around 98%. Being surgically installed, dental implants are the most secure replacement to teeth you could possibly get. If you wear dentures, for example, you have a device that can be removed. With dentures especially, this can lead to problems like forgetting to put them back in your mouth, or losing them at an inopportune moment during dinner. If they are loose, they can even cause problems with your speech patterns. In addition, you have to deal with adhesives and special cleaning rituals. All of this is eliminated when you have an implant. The implant looks, feels, and acts like a natural tooth. Even more impressive it requires no additional or special cleaning routines, just brush, floss and go.

Your body works to support all your organs and bones, as long as they are contributing to the survival of the body itself. The jaw is no exception. The jaw has a primary function, which is to provide a firm anchor for the teeth. This gives the teeth security and stability. In return, the teeth provide stimulation every time you chew or bite down on something. This stimulation acts as a trigger, letting the body know that the bone is performing its function. When you lose teeth, however, the stimulation goes away and the body will begin the process of resorbing the jawbone. Resorption happens by denying the bone vital minerals like calcium, and even leaching calcium away from the jawbone. The effect this has on the jaw itself is significant as some people will see up to a 25% loss in bone mass. Essentially the jawbone starts to dissolve which would not be a huge problem if it wasn’t for the secondary function performed by this bone. The jawbone is also largely responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of your face.

As the jawbone loses density, the face starts to change. Your chin will shrivel, causing the appearance of a witches chin, and deep marionette lines can appear. These wrinkles can cause a person to seem much older than they are. The good news is that with dental implants, the jawbone starts getting the natural stimulus almost immediately which reinstates the body’s support. As a result, the bone will continue to grow, regenerate, and develop as it did before you lost teeth.