Dental Implants Spare More Than Just Teeth

The Simple Act of Chewing Is a Significant Part of Overall Patient Health.

Are you familiar with the term “space bones”?
Astronauts who spend a lot of their time in a weightless environment often experience a serious decline in their bone mass. It has been estimated that around 1 percent of bone is lost for every month spent in zero gravity.

NASA calls this type of bone degradation “space bones.” But you don’t have to be in outer space to experience bone loss.

Any medical expert or physician will tell you that bone loss is incredibly common so the same principle applies on earth. So why would an astronaut experience bone loss if there is actually less weight being exerted onto the joints? The human body and all its functioning joints require regular activity to stay strong and healthy.

The teeth and jaws are no exception to this rule.
Without a jaw that is completely developed, including a full set of established teeth, the bones and healthy teeth will start to decline. The regular repetitive pressure caused by chewing is necessary to maintain healthy bone density and strength.

The statement “use it or lose it” definitely applies to good oral health

Your mouth’s long-term health relies on chewing and the use of your jaw. So not using your jaw ultimately leads to a deteriorating jawline and a shrinking facial structure. This causes many problems, including an aged appearance, which is one critical reason oral surgeons always recommend that people who are missing several teeth (or are experiencing widespread tooth decay) should look into a dental implant procedure to remedy the problem.

Dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw where the tooth used to be. The implant is made of a medical-grade titanium and is screwed into the vacant tooth socket. The titanium naturally fuses with the jaw bone and gives you the stability to regain normal function of your mouth. This procedure replaces the missing tooth root, regenerating the jaw bone. Dental implants also have the look and feel of natural teeth, while restoring your oral and facial structure.

A decline in the jaw and teeth leads to improper chewing, as well. Without a good set of teeth, those tortilla chips, handful of almonds, or corn on the cob can’t be completely chewed, which means poor digestion – and over time, this results in additional health problems in the future.

Turns out your parents were right! You need to chew your food properly. Otherwise, you are looking at poor nutrition and a whole host of subsequent problems. If your teeth are in need of some work, dental implants may be the answer you are looking for. You will want to meet with an experienced oral surgeon to discuss if you are a good candidate for this procedure and get all of your questions answered. Our team at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center are happy to speak with you and schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.