Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the sleep disorders treated by a sleep dentist. This condition causes the patient to stop breathing periodically during the night due to physical inhibitions in the air passages. To diagnose the condition, the sleep dentist will evaluate the signs and symptoms and conduct tests and examinations. This article…
Get Dental Implants Installed to Preserve Your Facial Structure
What if dental implants could have a profound effect on your life regardless of whether you were a new patient with a lost tooth or a patient who was already using some other kind of solution? We have come to believe, through our patients, that dental implants are the most natural and hence the most comfortable solution to tooth loss. While there is an oral surgery involved, and hence a recovery time, once you have recovered you will have the most natural looking and feeling replacement teeth. Your body will treat the new dental implant like it is a natural tooth, which has its own biological benefits. For patients who already have tooth replacements, other than dental implants, you will be able to finally rid yourself of those chemical adhesives, strange hooks and clasps, and the fear that one evening your dentures could end up on the plate with your steak. In any event, implants are the way of the future and, quite simply, the best replacement you can have for lost teeth.
Dental implants serve a very important secondary function, and it is not the obvious one. While there is no doubt that having an implant will restore your confidence, your ability to eat and speak, and make a profound difference in your quality of life, there is even an additional secondary function that they serve. This has to do with the nature of the implant and how it works in symbiosis with your jawbone itself.
The jawbone serves two very important functions. From your bodies perspective, the jawbone is in place to provide support to the teeth. This is the only function the body truly cares about since your teeth are the first step in the digestive process. Once you have started losing teeth, your body considers the functionality of the jawbone to be lost and will start to leech very important calcium and other minerals from the bone itself. It will then reroute these minerals to other areas that it considers to be mission essential. Unfortunately for the jawbone the lack of minerals will result in it deteriorating, and this deterioration has a profound effect on the second function, which is to maintain the facial structure. When the bone starts to lose its ability to support the facial structure you can experience a collapse which results in conditions like witches chin or marionette lines.
Witches chin occurs when your facial structure or posterior bite, collapses. The lips are forced to curl inwards, and the entire lower part of the face becomes shriveled. Marionette lines are the thick wrinkles that occur around the mouth, causing a person to look way older than they actually are. Many older folks have these wrinkles, but they become far more pronounced with a collapsing facial structure. The good news is that dental implants can actually prevent either of these conditions from happening. Since a dental implant is installed directly into the bone, it sends the body a signal that the jaw bone has still got a tooth to support. As a result, the body will leave the bone alone, and this avoids deterioration which in turn prevents your facial structure from collapsing or your face developing severely aging marionette lines.”