The human body is designed to provide us with two sets of teeth during our lifetimes. We begin with a set of “baby teeth” (known as primary teeth) as we start to eat chewable foods and to aid in speech. As small bodies grow rapidly, a new “permanent” set of teeth emerges to replace the baby teeth.

Our adult teeth are designed to last our lifetime, with proper care. However, accidents, injuries, insufficient oral hygiene, and disease sometimes cause adults to lose teeth. Not only does tooth loss detract from the appearance of a smile, it can cause other teeth to move out of their proper alignment.

Without each tooth helping adjacent teeth to hold their positions, teeth can tilt and turn. This can eventually lead to teeth that become chipped, worn, fractured, or broken.

Not only can teeth shift to create crowding, the misalignment can cause stress or strain on the TMJ (jaw joints). These issues can cause headaches, ear ringing, dizziness, migraines, sore jaw joints, and difficulty opening the mouth.

So, it’s important that all teeth are present and properly aligned – right? Then, it makes sense that a tooth lost needs replacing as soon as possible. However, it’s also important that the tooth is replaced a certain way for it to function well with other teeth.

The design of teeth is the part you see – above the gums – and the part you don’t see – the roots – below the gums. These roots not only ‘anchor’ each tooth into the jaw bone, they provide stimulation to the bone that helps the bone maintain a healthy mass.

When tooth roots are missing, the bone begins to shrink, or ‘resorb.’ This bone loss leads to problems with biting and chewing. It also causes changes in facial appearance; changes that are aging to one’s appearance far beyond their actual years.

For example, when the jaw bones shrink, facial muscles detach, forming jowls. Deep wrinkles appear around the mouth. The corners of the mouth turn down, even when smiling. The chin becomes more pointed and the mouth seems to sink in to the face. This creates what’s known as a “granny look.”

For people who wear dentures or partials, bone loss is what causes dentures to slip. This can lead to uncomfortable rubbing on tender gum tissues as well as difficulty chewing and embarrassing moments when speaking or laughing.

Because Dental Implants are designed to be held by the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, they restore the firm foundation that your natural teeth once had. Dental implants enable you to bite, chew and speak without worry. And, best of all, they’re designed to last a lifetime.

Properly selected, placed and maintained, your Dental Implants should be a part of your smile all your life. It is important to have your oral health at an ideal level so you can enjoy the advantages of this miraculous option in tooth replacement for all your years.

At Smile Your Best Dental in Demotte, we offer all options in tooth replacement. It is our desire that you understand all your choices and how each may fulfill your individual needs and goals. This will help you make the decision that is right for you.

Begin with a free consultation. During this time, I’ll make recommendations and explain the process and anticipated costs for each. If desired, you can also speak with our Financial Coordinator about affordable payment plans while you’re here.

Your mouth was designed to function properly with a full set of teeth. However, when teeth are lost, it will function best with replacement teeth that support what’s below the gum line as well as above.

Call 219-987-5733 to learn more or to schedule your free consultation appointment.