A lot of dental implant marketing material emphasizes the way that implants will restore a normal and attractive appearance to your smile. You may be less familiar, however, with the functional and health benefits of dental implants. Let’s look at a few of the reasons implants are good for your oral and overall health.
Prevent Loss of Healthy Jawbone
Natural teeth keep the underlying jawbone stimulated through the forces of normal biting and chewing. One of the consequences of tooth loss is that without this stimulation, the jawbone may start to shrink through a process called resorption. Once placed in the jawbone, dental implant posts restore much-needed stimulation to preserve the health and integrity of the jawbone.
Support the Facial Structures
Tooth loss can cause the facial structures to sag and the face to look sunken-in and sad. Dental implants will preserve the natural shape of the face.
Restore Proper Chewing Ability
Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew tough or crunchy foods like meat, fruits and vegetables. In extreme cases, a person may be limited to a bland, soft-foods-only diet lacking in proper nutrition. Implants feel and function like natural, healthy teeth — and therefore make it easy to bite and chew nearly any food you like!
Implants are cavity-resistant and will last for many years. (Please note that implants should be brushed and flossed similarly to natural teeth.)
Inhibit Damage to the Surrounding Teeth
Certain tooth restorations can place a burden on the surrounding teeth. For example, conventional bridgework requires the removal of some of the structure of the adjacent healthy teeth. Implants, on the other hand, are independently supported and do not affect the structure or integrity of the surrounding teeth.
Preclude the Remaining Teeth from Drifting
According to the American Academy of Osseointegration, our teeth have a natural tendency to move forward to the front of our mouth and the opposing jaw, unless they are blocked by something in their way (normally the adjacent teeth). When a tooth falls out, the remaining teeth can start to drift around in the mouth and lean into the vacant space. The teeth may become crowded, and the occlusion (the way the teeth fit together when the jaw is closed) can be compromised. Also, the gum tissue may develop irregularities in its height and contours, making the gums more difficult to clean and raising the risk of periodontal disease. Dental implants fill the space left by the missing tooth to reduce the risk of these complications.
Talk to Us about Dental Implants!
To learn more about dental implants and how they can restore the look, feel and function of beautiful, natural teeth, please contact Champagne Smiles today. Call our office at 732-972-0918 or send us an email.