Dental implants are the most recommended among tooth replacement options today. You might have heard about how dental implantation is done and have so many questions. Can dental implants improve oral health? While all the benefits of dental implants seem to good to be true, they deliver all that they promise. Dental implants not only replace missing teeth, dental implants improve oral health too.
Can Dental Implants Improve Oral Health?
Dental implants are tooth restorations aimed to bring back form and function to your smile. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants improve function further by reaching below the gum line – restoring missing tooth AND its root.
Here's how dental implants can improve oral health:
Dental implants restore chewing and speaking abilities.
Chewing can become more difficult with a missing tooth. Gaps between teeth will also affect how you talk as your tongue and teeth play vital roles in speech. A dental implant can help you chew your favorite foods easily and you can talk comfortably and confidently again. Since the implant is secured to your jawbone, you do not have to worry it slipping or accidentally falling out.
Dental implants restore bone density.
Dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration. When you lose a tooth, the bone that formerly supported it begins to resorb, or dissolve into the bloodstream. This is because your jawbone relies on chewing stimulation to retain density. When that area loses a tooth, minerals and nutrition are sent elsewhere to provide nutrition because it is no longer functioning. A dental implant will meet that bone and integrate with it, letting you chew normally again and restoring bone density in the process.
Dental implants prevent malocclusion.
When you lose a tooth, remaining teeth surrounding that gap have a tendency to drift towards that space to accommodate for the loss. When a tooth moves out of place, it creates a domino effect of dental issues from excessive tooth wear, to teeth grinding, bad bite and even TMJ disorder.
Dental implants preserve facial structure.
Since missing teeth result to deterioration of jawbone it will also lead to sagging facial structure. Replacing those teeth will lend support to your face and help preserve your appearance for many years to come.
Dental implants improve gum (periodontal) health too.
Gaps left by missing teeth tend to be a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to decay in the surrounding structures. Just as bacteria gather on the teeth neighboring a gap, so do they at the gum line. An implant takes up that space and helps prevent periodontal disease.
If you are missing a tooth, getting a dental implant is your best option to restore and even improve oral health. Implants aren’t possible for every patient, but bone grafting may adequately prepare your jaw if your bone mass is wanting. Indianapolis dentist, Dr. Reese encourages you to schedule a dental implant consultation to determine the best way to restore your dental health or if you have been previously rejected as a candidate for dental implants. For more information, contact our Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic at 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment.