An Argentinian beer company recently experienced global attention when it teamed up with a dentist to equip rugby players with tooth implants that doubled as bottle openers. Many American viewers had but one question after seeing the advertisement -- where could they get one? If you love the look these Argentinian rugby players are currently sporting, there are a few things you should know before you go looking for a dentist who will install a top-popper in your mouth.
The first thing you should know is that you can't just replace any missing tooth with a bottle opener implant. In order to leverage a bottle in such a way as to create ample pressure and torque to open a bottle, you'd need to have the implants installed in one of the positions of your bottom premolars.
Your bottom premolars are the two teeth on each side of your mouth that lie between your canines and molars. If you're already missing one of your premolars, move on to the second reason why bottle opener tooth implants are a bad idea. If you aren't missing a bottom premolar, but are considering having one removed just so you can get a bottle opener tooth implant, think again.
While dental implants offer several benefits to those who are missing teeth, their survival rate is more questionable than that of natural teeth, even if those natural teeth have been damaged and repaired. It is recommended to do everything you can to keep your natural teeth intact before considering having one or more removed and replaced with dental implants.
Pinches And Cuts
The next thing to consider before seeking out a dentist to give you one of these unique dental implants is the likelihood of skin and/or tissue damage. To use one of these implants as intended, you'll be creating force between two pieces of metal inside your mouth. If a bit of your cheek skin happens to get stuck in between those metals, you're going to sustain an injury.
Furthermore, the edges of bottle caps can be very sharp. If your hand happens to slip even a bit while you're holding a bottle in your mouth and applying pressure to it, you could sustain a severe mouth laceration. And oral lacerations can get infected pretty quickly, considering the estimates that you have between 500 and 650 different species of bacteria in your mouth at any given time.
Wear And Tear
A final reason why having a bottle opener installed in your mouth is a very bad idea is the fact that it could cause damage to your jawbone. In a successful dental implant, an anchor titanium post is installed in your jaw bone, and then topped with a shaped ceramic cap. Over time, your jawbone grows around the titanium post and securely bonds it into place.
By repeatedly subjecting your jawbone to the force needed to open a bottle, you're going to interfere with this process. You'll experience overloading -- a condition in which the jawbone stops growing around the implant because the implant was subjected to pressure beyond that which the jawbone could withstand.
Can you find somebody who will install bottle opener dental implants in your mouth? Considering the fact that plenty of people have undergone the risky procedure of having their teeth filed down into vampire fangs, the answer is yes, there likely is somebody out there catering to this new dental fad who would craft and place a bottle opener tooth implant in your mouth. However, because of the high risks associated with having one of these unusual implants placed in your mouth, any person willing to perform the procedure is likely not a trained and reputable dental professional.