How can an implant dentist benefit your long-term oral health?

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When you have one or more teeth removed, you may have to decide what type of tooth replacement option is right for you. Available choices include partial or full dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. There are several reasons for an implant dentist to suggest implants. One reason is their positive effect on your long-term oral health. Let’s take a look at what dental implants are and some of the ways implant dentistry can benefit your oral health.

Dental Implants Help Preserve Bone Density

Tooth extraction leaves an empty socket and bone behind. The bone that surrounded the root will weaken and degenerate over time since there is nothing to support it. The jawbone will start to reduce in size and lose density. This can lead to other issues. Dental implants fortify the area as well as restore the functionality of the tooth so you can speak and eat naturally. An implant fills the empty socket and fuses with the jawbone and prevents the loss of bone density. By preventing the loss of bone density, implants also help you maintain your face shape which is often affected when bone density is lost.

Implant Dentistry Helps Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease

After the tooth is extracted, the hole made by the missing tooth is called leaves an empty socket. The natural teeth around the space are exposed to bacteria which can lead to decay. The socket can also be an entry point allowing bacteria into the gum tissue. This can lead to inflammation and gum disease. This can be painful and detrimental to oral health. Implants keep an empty socket from being exposed and the area around the teeth can still be cleaned easily.

Restore Normal Chewing and Eating

Some foods like apples are difficult to chew if you are missing even one tooth. If you are missing more than one tooth, then other nutrient-dense foods like many vegetables and proteins are difficult to eat. It can pose a risk to your overall health when you cannot consume a well-balanced diet. Eating only soft foods can lead to unnatural weight gain or weight loss. Dental implants allow you to chew naturally and ensure you can eat nutritious foods that help keep your mouth healthy as well as contribute to your overall wellness.

Prevent the Loss of Other Teeth

As mentioned, when you lose a tooth, the jawbone lacks stimulation in that area and begins to deteriorate. The implant process surgically implants a titanium screw into the jawbone just under the gumline. Once it is allowed to fuse with the jawbone, called osseointegration, an artificial tooth is placed. This “crown” permanently replaces a missing tooth. If there is not implant and the jawbone deteriorates, it can cause the loss of more teeth. Other tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges put stress on other teeth. To place a bridge, your natural teeth need to be ground down to allow room. This can also lead to tooth loss. With implant dentistry, none of this is necessary. Your bone will be stimulated which helps protect your remaining teeth.

Let us help you!

If you have missing teeth, bridges, or dentures, call us at Bright and Healthy Smiles. Talk to Dr. Caceres about your options and how implants help protect your oral health and overall well-being. We can help you decide if implant dentistry is the right option for you! Call us today to schedule your appointment.