We live in a world of disposable goods, where most of the products we buy and use have a limited lifespan. We fully expect a TV to last only a few years, and then we replace it with a newer, upgraded, faster screen with more functionality. In the age of flawless tooth restoration capabilities, then, why bother to save a natural tooth when a stronger, tougher dental restoration can easily replace it?
May is National Save Your Tooth month, and it’s important to understand why your natural teeth are worth saving.
Tooth Loss is a Problem
Research shows that 40 million Americans are missing all their natural teeth, and 178 million are missing at least one. Tooth loss can lead to systemic diseases such as diabetes. It can also affect psychological well-being and performance at the workplace and cause people to avoid social events. While many people choose to replace missing teeth with artificial ones, few options available offer the same benefits as saving your natural teeth.
A Healthier Mouth
Almost 50% of all American adults have some form of gum disease. This ranges from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. While this condition mainly affects people with natural teeth, it’s also possible to develop gum disease if you have dental implants or dentures.
Gum disease around an implant is called peri-implant mucositis, and it spreads faster than it does with natural teeth. If it’s left untreated, peri-implantitis can develop, which causes the bone around the implant post to deteriorate, loosening the implant and causing an infection that can spread into the bone.
The gum tissue around a natural tooth usually recovers faster from any type of trauma caused by injury or infection than the tissue around an implant. Healing your gum after an injury or dental procedure requires a good blood supply to the area. Having surgery to place a dental implant can affect the blood supply, slowing down tissue regeneration and leading to scarring.
Better Shock Absorption
While dental implants are a way to preserve bone tissue while restoring missing teeth, they still don’t compare with natural teeth for absorbing impact. Natural teeth have a periodontal ligament, which is their own built-in suspension system. These ligaments help to absorb and distribute the impact when you bite or chew. Dental implant posts don’t have this capability, and although some pressure helps to support and maintain the bone, too much can cause bone loss.
Maintains Facial Structure
Natural teeth have long roots that anchor them into the jawbone. As we chew these stimulate the bone tissue to regenerate and maintain its shape and strength. A replacement tooth such as a dental implant, bridge, or denture lacks this ability to build bone, so no matter how perfectly your tooth is restored, your facial structure is likely to change over time. The longer you keep your natural teeth, the more youthful your face will remain.
Helps You Eat Healthily
Nothing beats natural teeth for being able to handle crunching through the fresh fruits and vegetables that dietitians tell us to eat every day. Restoring your smile with an artificial tooth might help you to look normal and speak without difficulty. Unless you’re a 100%-perfect candidate for dental implants, however, you may find you have to take care when biting into a crispy apple.
How Endodontics Can Help
Few people get through life without needing dental care at some point. The best way to maintain your overall health, appearance, ability to smile, speak, and chew confidently is to preserve every natural tooth you possibly can. Combining ongoing oral hygiene with endodontic treatments such as root canal therapy when you need it can help you save your natural teeth. You’re worth it, and so are they!
Don’t let your oral health suffer as a result of Covid-19 restrictions and concerns. Get the treatment you need to take care of your natural teeth in a clean, safe environment by scheduling your appointment with Professional Endodontics today.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Hour Detroit Magazine’s Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics offers state-of-the-art facilities in Clarkston, Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Southfield. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental delivery systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
6803 Dixie Highway
Clarkston, MI 48346
29201 Telegraph Road
Southfield, MI 48034
Henry Ford Hospital Medical Pavilion
16151 19 Mile Rd, Suite 101
Clinton Township, MI 48038
St. Clair Shores
St. Clair Professional Plaza
23829 Little Mack, Suite 300
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080