Replacing a missing tooth is important and many patients are incentivized to do so quickly when a missing tooth affects the aesthetics of their smiles. Fortunately, dental implants can meet the aesthetic needs of patients while also providing numerous health benefits because of their uniqueness. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option available that replaces the missing roots of teeth as well as visible tooth structure. Following are some of the most coveted health benefits of dental implants.
Tooth Loss Prevention
Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant can protect the health of adjacent teeth. This is because teeth next to empty tooth sockets can shift out of alignment. Moreover, the dental implant itself will keep the roots of adjacent teeth in their rightful positions. While dental implants are wonderful replacement teeth; it is still very important to watch over the health of our biological teeth.
Bone & Occlusal Health
Did you know that implant dentistry promotes bone health? It also helps patients maintain a healthy occlusion so that issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or tooth wear do not develop. Your jawbone health is very important. All the roots of your teeth as well as dental implants depend on bone mass for support. If the bone atrophies, it could cause a host of issues including additional tooth loss. Dental implants keep bone stimulated so that the body won’t resorb it.
Maintaining a healthy occlusion is important for protecting the lifespan of the dental implant’s restoration as well as biological tooth structure. Malocclusions cause teeth to make contact improperly when eating. This repetitive improper contact will wear down tooth enamel – leaving the soft structure underneath vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria and breakage.
An Aid for Proper Nutrition
Many people encounter difficulty eating after tooth loss and subsequently increase their risks for developing malnutrition because of reduced oral function. Since dental implants function and feel like natural teeth, they can withstand a variety of textures in food – including items that are tough or chewy. Dental implants allow people to eat a full balanced diet for optimal wellness.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, call us today at DeSanti Family Dentistry to reserve a consultation.