If you have heard people talking about their dental implants, they may well have been saying how good they are at solving the issues that can occur with dentures. They may have talked about how lovely it is to be able to eat any food you like without being in pain or experiencing embarrassment. Or perhaps you’ve been told about the freedom from having have your teeth standing in a glass by the bed at night. But did anyone ever tell you about the knock-on effects implants have on your jawbone?
If you are thinking about having dental implants fitted to replace one, a few, or a mouthful of missing teeth, you need to visit a dentist to make sure you are a suitable candidate for this treatment. Not everyone can have implants. If you live in Oxfordshire, you are lucky enough to have a dedicated implant centre within easy reach at Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre.
It is well worth investigating if implants will work for you, especially as many dentists offer free consultations, or take the cost of the consultation is off the price of treatment.
Why Is a Healthy Jawbone Important?
The health of your jawbone greatly affects the way you look. When people think about their looks, and worry about ageing, jawbones don’t often enter their minds. They are far too busy looking at marionette lines and bingo wings. But a healthy jawbone plays a vital part in staying younger-looking longer.
The density and shape of your jawbone is maintained by the hundreds of tiny stresses caused by contact between the teeth throughout the day. This stimulates the bone to constantly renew itself. Without that stimulation, the bone starts to lose its integrity. In the first year the width decreases by up to 25%, then the height goes and finally the density. The result is a sunken aged look, as the distance between the nose and chin shortens.
Dental implants stop this happening because they replace the root of the tooth. Their presence in the jawbone allows the bone to receive the stimulation it requires in order to maintain its height, width and density.