New York Implant Dentist Reveals the Truth About Dental Implants & Missing Teeth
NEW YORK IMPLANT DENTIST REVEALS THE TRUTH – WHY MISSING TEETH CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
Sounds incredible? Yes, but it’s true.
Your teeth are as alive as any other part of your body. Teeth have nerves and blood vessels, hard tissue and soft tissue. The hard, outer protective layer of teeth is called enamel. The tissue beneath the enamel layer is called dentin. This layer is not as hard as enamel and offers protection to the nerve chamber (pulp) of the tooth.
Roots of teeth are held in their sockets by a connective tissue, which connects the root to the alveolar bone of the jaw. This connective tissue is called the periodontal ligament. These periodontal ligaments help to absorb shock to the teeth due to the forces of mastication (chewing). They also transmit sensation from the teeth to the brain.
Each tooth in its socket depends upon its adjacent member for support within the dental arch. If one or more teeth are lost in the arch due to extracton or periodontal disease, the adjacent teeth begin to tilt and move into the space vacated. When this happens, the periodontal ligaments are stretched and pockets can be formed between the root of the tooth and the alveolar bone. Pockets can also be formed even if all teeth are present, due to accumulation of bacterial plaque (commonly called plaque) beneath the gingival (gum) tissues. Bacteria accumulates around the teeth and can penetrate the periodontal membrane. This can be harmful to people with cardiovascular problems. Unless these people are treated with antibiotics prior to dental treatment, an infection called bacterial endocarditis (inflammation of the heart valves) can occur.
Missing teeth that are not readily replaced can also cause deterioration of the dental arches. The tooth opposite the space will drift into the space causing disruption of proper function of the jaw relationship. It may also cause temporo-mandibular joint problems.
When a tooth is lost, the bone that was holding that tooth in place begins to dissolve. When enough teeth are lost and bone resorption takes place, the facial structure can become distorted. The upper and lower jaws can collapse causing the person to look older than his years. It also causes difficulty chewing food, which can lead to malnutrition.
Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. I am not simply stating this because I am an implant dentist and specialist in implantology, this is a well known fact in the medical and dental industry. Dental implants are more successful in replacing missing teeth than any other method, including dentures.
I have outlined several harmful effects of missing teeth so that you can be aware of the danger that can befall you when teeth are lost. Although there are several methods of replacing missing teeth, the best and most effective method is dental implants.
Dr. Edward A. Woods, DDS, FAAHD
Prosthodontist, New York Implant Dentistry
Specialist in Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry
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