Dr. Spector of Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ is here blogging today to explain how dental implants are superior to dentures and help to restore oral health. Are you aware that wearing dentures can actually ruin your oral cavity? The stress that dentures put on the teeth and gums can actually shrink the bone in the mouth and destroy gum tissue. Here at Gentle Dentistry we want our patients to be aware of the danger that dentures can bring into the mouth and how dental implants do quite the opposite.
Although the removal and re- placement of dentures when eating, drinking or sleeping sounds like it could be convenient, it actually puts unnecessary pressure on the teeth and gums that causes them to erode. When a person takes out the dentures and puts them back in it wears down on the gums and causes them to sag, loose gums can bleed and the teeth will start to recede from them. When there are significant spaces in between the teeth and gums, bacteria will settle and cause massive amounts of tooth decay and gum disease.
There is a lot more to periodontitis than people even realize, it can get much worse than just bloody gums. When gum disease starts, it brings an inflammation in the mouth and gum tissue that circulates into the bloodstream that has the ability to affect the heart and brain. The inflamed venules cause the heart to work harder to get blood and oxygen to and from the body; this can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks and severe heart disease. Just as the inflammation in the blood vessels affects the heart, the same inflammation affects the brain tissue causing it to swell, these edemas can lead to brain damage, Alzheimer’s and even strokes. Gum disease is nothing to mess around with, if you are suffering from a missing tooth or teeth, get dental implants today; while you still can.
Another awful thing that dentures do is decrease the density of the bone in the mouth. When the mouth, jaw, and teeth have to work harder to chew as the dentures continue to slip, this puts much more pressure on the teeth and bone tissue. If a patient continues to chew and eat with misplaced dentures, they can erode the teeth beyond repair, in which case they would have to get more dentures that would just cause further dental issues.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jaw to help reduce further decay and gum disease. As the direct opposite of dentures, dental implants work to restore and increase the density in the bone through the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is the natural and biological bonding of titanium alloy in the jaw bone; once the jaw accepts the titanium, it works to better the tooth strength and make sure the implants stay in place. Dental implants also help to prevent gum disease by filling the harmful and dangerous gaps in the gums; as discussed earlier, open gums are just targets for bacteria and disease.
These are completely permanent false, porcelain crowns that are just as strong as the natural teeth. One of the best things about dental implants is that you can floss and brush them just as you do with your teeth; as do we recommend it. Although these implants cannot decay, do not think you are off the hook when it comes to cleaning the mouth properly. A patient can develop peri- implantitis which is the destruction of the hard and soft tissue surrounding the implants; the gums will bleed excessively and it is definitely healthy for your overall cavity. No matter what dental work we have done, we need to make sure to spend the proper amount of time cleaning out the mouth that it deserves.
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The longer you suffer with dentures, the more chaos you will create in your oral cavity; ditch those dentures while you still can and get dental implants today. Let these implants work toward a better and healthier overall oral future for you. Call us at 201-429-9758