If you have one or more missing teeth and need a reliable permanent solution for tooth replacement you may want to learn more about the effectiveness of dental implants. Unlike other temporary tooth replacement options like dentures, partials or bridges, dental implants offer permanent replacement teeth that look, function and feel like natural teeth. The high success rate for recipients of dental implants helps people with missing teeth regain confidence in their appearance, self-esteem and overall health.
You may be asking, what makes dental implants so effective and how can they affect my overall health? To understand why implants work so well, first, it’s important to know a bit more about natural teeth. When biting with force, natural teeth expert up to 250 PSI (or pounds per square inch). Normal everyday chewing ranges from 45 to 70+PSI. Dental implants allow recipients to use and exert force just like a regular tooth once the implant is healed and secured.
Temporary tooth replacement options like dentures are not nearly as effective when it comes to forceful biting or normal chewing. Many denture wearers have a hard time eating certain foods, which can lead to struggles with proper digestion. The change in eating habits often times eliminates hard to chew foods. Many of the foods eliminated are foods that are important for a healthy diet. Foods like nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are difficult to eat for denture wearers. An imbalanced diet because of wearing dentures can lead to problems like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Through osseointegration where a dental implant becomes securely anchored into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth, normal eating and healthy diets are possible for people with one or more missing teeth. Dental implants allow for a balanced diet which is an important aspect of overall health.