How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Oral (and General) Health
Submitted by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Tue 09/20/2016 - 09:00
The most obvious benefit of a dental implant is that it restores the appearance of a natural, healthy tooth. But did you know that dental implants are also great for your oral and overall health? Here, Dr. Michael Cortese explains.
Makes Oral Hygiene Easier
Replacing a missing tooth with an implant makes it easier to brush and floss the teeth, thereby reducing the amount of bacteria, plaque and tartar that can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. So by extension, replacing one missing tooth can prevent the possibility of losing additional teeth or destroying the gums.
Maintains Health of Surrounding Teeth
Implants are self-supported and do not rely on the adjacent teeth. This helps to improve or maintain the integrity and health of the surrounding teeth.
Expands Nutritional Options
Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew food, and chewing problems can interfere with proper digestion. In the worst cases, some people with missing teeth suffer from related nutritional deficiencies. Replacing missing teeth with implants makes it easier to chew a variety of healthy foods, digest properly and maintain a nutritious diet.
Eliminates Painful Blisters
Wearing dentures that are ill-fitting can lead to painful blisters in the soft tissues of the mouth. Luckily, dental implants fit comfortably and securely and do not lead to painful blisters.
The act of biting and chewing puts pressure on the root of the teeth, which presses into the jawbone and promotes the strength and growth of the bone. However, if there is empty space from missing teeth, the jawbone does not get the stimulation it needs to thrive and, as a result, the bone can start to recess. If the jawbone becomes weak enough, it may not be able to hold the teeth in place. Implants have artificial roots that press on the jawbone to keep it strong and healthy. Therefore, the jawbone can continue to hold the teeth in place and avoid other complications.
Preserves Facial Structure
Another consequence of jawbone recession is that the facial structures can start to collapse. By replacing missing teeth with implants, the jawbone stays strong and healthy to support the facial structures.
Learn More about Dental Implants
If you are interested in replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants, contact Dr. Cortese to find out whether you are a candidate. Dental implants could potentially improve your smile, oral health and overall health.