In the end, though, teeth have some important benefits , and that’s why we should hold onto them as long as we can reasonably do so.
Dental Implants Are Awesome
There’s no doubt that dental implants are awesome. Of all tooth replacement options, they lead to the highest quality of life. They’re made of titanium, either pure titanium, or an alloy (mixture of metals). Whether it’s a metal or an alloy, it may be as much as 100 times stronger than your tooth material. The dental crown that goes on top isn’t as strong, maybe 10 or 20 times stronger than dental enamel.
And here’s another benefit of dental implants over natural teeth: they can’t get cavities or get an infection. Sure, just like natural teeth, gum disease can develop around dental implants, but you won’t ever need a filling or root canal in a dental implant.
Dental implants also have the cosmetic benefit of being able to be as white as you want them to be.
But Teeth Are Awesome, Too!
How is it that teeth, which are so much weaker than dental implants, are still able to last a lifetime without being broken or worn out right away?
The main thing is that teeth don’t rely just on their strength to deal with bite forces. Instead, teeth “give in” and flex long before a dental implant would be damaged. The outer layer of the tooth, enamel, can’t really flex, but it it can develop cracks that let it reshape. This cracking ability doesn’t significantly damage the teeth at first, that’s the way enamel is supposed to perform, allowing it to pass on some of the stress to the other layers of the tooth.
Teeth also have a built-in shock absorber, too. Unlike dental implants, teeth aren’t actually bonded directly to the bone, they’re attached by periodontal ligaments, tough but flexible tissue that allows your teeth to move a little bit in response to pressure or stress.
Gum tissue likes natural teeth better than it likes dental implants. That’s why receding gums treatment with the Chao Pinhole Surgery Technique isn’t advised for dental implants, the tissue won’t bond to and grow on dental implants the same as for natural teeth.
Preserve Teeth When You Can
Because of their natural benefits, we always recommend that you try to hold onto your natural teeth as long as possible. If nothing else, they can still save the space for dental implants in the future.
The only exceptions are when a tooth is too far gone to save or if it’s damaging your mouth in a way that will prevent you from getting implants in the future.
Want to learn whether it’s time to replace one or more teeth with dental implants? Please call (614) 848-5001 for an appointment with an implant dentist at the Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbus, OH.