To understand how far we’ve come in treating tooth loss, let’s explore how mankind has gone from rudimentary dentures to modern dental implants. Since the 7th century BC, humans have tried to solve the problem of missing teeth with creative solutions. Some of the earliest dentures used real teeth connected to gold bands. In the 16th century, wooden dentures were developed in Japan and by the late 17th century Alexis Duchâteau created the first porcelain dentures.
Believe it or not, one of the most important discoveries that led to the development of modern dental implants came by accident. In 1952, Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark was running orthopedic experiments with rabbit legs and discovered a process he named osseointegration. Osseointegration is the process of bone fusing around an implant, usually titanium, that provides support for orthopedic surgeries and dental work.
Since then, we have vastly improved the methods and materials used for implants. From simple improvements that help the fusing process to cutting-edge technologies that help Dr. Kosinski craft prosthetic teeth matching the shape and shade of your natural teeth. With dental implants, there has never been a better time to ditch your dentures and benefit from the latest advances in dental technology.
Natural Looking and Durable
At one time dentures were the best solution for treating tooth loss. That said, with all the advances in dental technology, there is no longer a reason to stay with dentures. Dentures are ultimately a clunky and un-ideal solution in comparison to dental implants.
Dental implants feel and look far more natural than both full and partial dentures. They are extremely durable and outlast dentures by leaps and bounds. Dentures have to be replaced every five years. With dental implants, you only have to replace the prosthetic tooth every ten years and the titanium post can last a lifetime with proper care.
Enjoy Eating and Improve Your Diet
With natural teeth, your bite should have about 200-250 pounds of force. Dentures simply can’t supply you with the biting force you need. In fact, dentures reduce your biting force to around 50 pounds. Natural teeth are strong because they are firmly planted in the jaw so they can deliver the power you need to chew all your favorite foods. Because they rest on your gums, dentures can’t compete with how your natural teeth work.
The great news is that dental implants work by simulating how natural teeth function and provide you with the biting force you need to enjoy all your meals. Some dentures cover your palette and hinder your sense of taste. Implants restore your taste and free you to enjoy the food you love.
The greatest part about improving chewing efficiency with implants is the options it opens up for your diet. You can once again eat the food you want, such as steak and corn on the cob, and no longer have to choose the soft and mushy foods that you are forced to eat with dentures. Dental implants expand your eating potential and give you back the foods you savor.
Strengthen Your Jaw
As we have discussed, implants strengthen your jaw with the process of osseointegration. Left to their own devices, missing teeth will weaken your jawbone over time and lead to a loss of bone mass in the jaw. No other solution comes close to benefiting jaw strength like dental implants.
Comfortable and Convenient
All of the benefits of dental implants would be greatly diminished if they were not comfortable. The great news is that they are the most comfortable and convenient solution for replacing lost teeth. Implants solve the problem of pain caused by shifting dentures. Dental implants give you back the comfortable convenience of natural teeth.
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At Smile Creator of Birmingham Farms, we are driven by the success stories of our patients. Don’t take our word for it, check out our Smile Gallery and see our amazing before and after pictures. Click through our site to learn how Dr. Kosinski can restore your smile.
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