6 Reasons Why You Should NOT Postpone Dental Implants
Here’s my list of the main reasons why you should get implants now and not postpone them:
1. Every tooth connects to your health directly.
Every tooth in your mouth is connected to different organs. It’s as if your mouth is a map to the rest of your body. With the advent of integrative medicine, we know now that a problem in a certain tooth correlates highly with a problem in an organ.
It could be that the forces of biting and chewing are making such a positive impact on the rest of the body. Natural teeth exert an average pressure of 45 pounds per square inch of force and range up to 75 pounds. But with a missing tooth, you don’t have this stimulation to the nervous system. (By the way, studies show that 2 months after implants, patients were able to increase their maximal biting force by 85%. After 3 years, they had an average chewing force of 300% compared to what they had before the implants. You can call it bionic chewing!)
There’s a connection to the nervous system somehow with every tooth. Thus, if you are missing one or more teeth or these teeth are diseased, you will not get the nervous system to send the appropriate messages to the corresponding organs. Here’s an example: One woman went to her MD and discovered she had high blood pressure and borderline diabetes. The doctor noted she had a problem with some of her teeth and gums, the one that correlated with the blood pressure and diabetes. He asked her to go to her dentist and get it fixed. When she did, the problem disappeared on its own.
2. Shifting teeth
Other teeth that are sound will shift when there’s a missing tooth. This means you’ll end up with a smile worse than having one with a missing tooth.
3. Bad bite emerges
Your bite will be thrown off. This can cause headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD) that hurts whenever you open your mouth, broken teeth, and teeth that are wearing faster than they should.
4. Gum disease and heart disease
Gum disease can start around teeth that are overworked because you are missing a tooth Gum disease then leads to the risk of heart disease. Who wants to have a heart attack just because they lost a tooth?
5. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals
Your nutritional status plummets over time. You can’t eat healthy foods and only want soft foods. Soft foods are generally processed foods, ones lacking in vitamins and minerals. With time, you get vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies contribute to every degenerative disease, including diabetes, neurological disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis (brittle bones).
6. Rapid aging
You’ll age faster. Expect to see extra wrinkles around your mouth, a sagging chin, and your jawline disappear. Jowls will become large. The tongue will enlarge and speech issues will emerge. Long ago, I witnessed this happen to one of my mother’s friends. She had limited income and lived essentially homeless and had lost a significant number of her teeth. She wouldn’t socialize anymore much and didn’t realize how much her depression was tied in with her teeth. She told me, “I feel so old. Then I looked in the mirror one day and I looked like a witch!” Almost in tears, she confessed how she believed her dreams of saving animals from death row were all dashed against the rocks. As if that wasn’t bad enough, one day a small child approached her in the laundromat and asked her if she was a witch! It was that amount of emotional chaos she had to experience before she finally decided to do something about her missing teeth. After implants, she began to look normal again. Now when she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t think of herself as a witch.
You can start to improve your dental health by making a dentist visit at the offices of Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board-certified Periodontist. He performs many dental services and can help you get on the right track with teeth cleaning to avoid gum disease. For more information, or to set up an appointment, you can call (817) 756-8578.