The Simple Act of Chewing is a Significant Part of Overall Patient Health.
Have you ever heard of “space bones”?
Astronauts who spend a lot of time in a weightless environment often experience a dramatic decline in their bone mass. It’s estimated that around 1 percent of bone is lost for every month in zero gravity.
NASA calls this type of bone degeneration is called “space bones.” But as many physicians will explain, 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 you must be thinking, why would an astronaut experience bone loss if there is less pressure or force being exerted onto the joints? Well, the human body, and all its functioning parts need to be used. Regular activity is necessary to ensure the joints stay strong and remain healthy.
Your teeth and jaws are no exception to this rule.
If you are missing any teeth, your jaw is not completely developed and maintaining regular function. Without a full set of established teeth, the bones and any healthy teeth will start to deteriorate. You may think you are just eating, but the regular repetitive pressure caused by chewing is necessary to maintain healthy bone density and strength.
Have you ever heard the term “use it or lose it”? Well, that definitely applies to good oral health.
Your mouth’s overall health relies on the regular use of your jaw. So not using your jaw will eventually lead to a shrinking jawline and damaged facial structure. This causes many problems for people, including an aged appearance, which is one main reason oral surgeons always recommend that people who are missing several teeth should look into a dental implant procedure.
Dental implants are made of a medical-grade titanium and are screwed into the vacant tooth socket. The implant is placed directly into the jaw bone where the tooth used to be. The titanium will naturally bond with the jaw bone and will give you the stability to regain normal function of your mouth. The dental implant procedure not only replaces the missing tooth but it restores the jaw bone. This surgical option also has the look and feel of natural teeth and restores your oral and facial structure.
Without a good set of teeth, that apple you bite into, handful of walnuts, or hard roll of French bread you love to eat can’t be completely chewed or broken down, which causes poor digestion. Over time, poor digestion will result 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 consequent 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. My team at Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery is happy to speak with you and schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!