I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Dental implants are just one of many different methods available for replacing teeth that have fallen out, been severely damaged, or never grew in at all. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants have a lot in common with actual teeth, which makes them one of the best replacement choices available. Here's how they're similar to real teeth.
Beneath the Surface
Most dental replacements sit on the surface of your gums, or are secured to surrounding teeth. In comparison, dental implants are much more similar to real teeth because they go beneath the surface of the gums.
With a real tooth, there's the visible crown at the top, and beneath that are the roots. The roots are hidden by your gums, and reach all the way down to the jaw bone. When a dental implant is put in place, the implant peg that supports the crown takes on the role of the tooth's root. It's much thinner and smaller than an actual tooth root, but because it's made of titanium, it's tough enough to withstand pressure from biting, chewing, and even grinding of your teeth.
Additionally, your body will end up treating it like it's a real tooth too. The body will grow new bone cells around the base of the implant, fusing it to the jaw bone and holding it in place just like a real tooth.
It's not just the fact that dental implants sit in the jaw the same way that real teeth do that makes them so much like real teeth. It's also due to the stimulation that they're able to pass on through the jaw.
When you bite down with a real tooth, you can likely feel the pressure not just on the surface, but under your gums as well. With an implant, you'll lack nerve endings that allow you to feel the pressure. However, pressure will still transfer from the implant into your gums and jaw bone when you bite down. Because of this, there will be some noticeable sensation under the surface, unlike other surface-level teeth replacements.
Finally, the pressure that travels through the implant can help to improve gum circulation, which can keep gum disease at bay. It also stimulates the jaw bone to build healthy bone cells. This will help to keep your other teeth safely secured and healthy, too.
Dental implants were designed to emulate the function of real teeth, and they're the best at what they do. If you're tired of having a gap or two in your smile, consider having them fixed with dental implants.