Man smiling because he got a dental implant.Dental implants are the ‘gold standard’ for tooth replacement. The titanium screw along with a dental prosthesis replaces the crown and roots of a missing tooth. Many people go for dental implants to achieve excellent cosmetic results. However, you will be surprised to know that choosing dental implant as a replacement for your missing tooth can benefit your health too.

Preseving Jaw Bone

The part of the jaw bone that forms the tooth socket is alveolar bone. After a tooth is pulled out or is lost, the resorption of alveolar bone starts. This process leads to changes in facial profile as your cheeks may sink in the space and lips may droop.

You can go with different options for tooth replacement like dentures and dental bridges. However, Bellevue Dental Implants and Periodontic Specialists explain that, "dental implants are the ONLY dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone which helps stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss."

Removable dentures exert pressure on the tissues and cause further bone loss. Eventually, dentures become loose due to bone resorption and require relining. Contrary to this, a dental implant stimulates the surrounding bone for the process of osseointegration. It forms a strong bond with jaw bone and prevents the process of resorption.

Sometimes, scalloped areas are visible beneath the dummy tooth in a dental bridge. It is a common finding in the cases of anterior or front bridges. The culprit for these defects is resorption of alveolar bone following tooth loss. On the other hand, dental implants preserve the jaw bone. Apart from this, the assembly of dental implant and dental crown mimics a natural tooth. You won’t even realize that you have an artificial substitute placed in your mouth.

Protecting Adjacent Teeth

After a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth tend to drift in the space. This process continues if the missing tooth is replaced by a removable partial denture or a dental bridge. However, the titanium post replaces the tooth root and thus prevents the migration of adjacent teeth.

Dental implants do not take support from the teeth adjacent to the space formed by the missing tooth, unlike removable dentures and dental bridges. The metal extensions or clasps of a removable partial denture may harm the teeth from which they take support. In a dental bridge, the retainer crowns are cemented to the abutment teeth. Tooth preparation needs to be done in these teeth. Dental caries and gum diseases commonly occur following this process. A dental implant works as an independent identity, and thus it protects the adjacent teeth.

Help in Maintenance of Oral Hygiene

Food lodgment in the gap formed by missing tooth can cause dental diseases. This problem can be solved by placing a dental implant.

Dental bridges and removable dentures require meticulous care. Food particles may get stuck in the area beneath the dummy tooth in a dental bridge. Also, the interdental areas adjoining a dental bridge can be sometimes difficult to clean. Dry mouth or reduced salivary flow is a common complaint in denture wearers. In a nutshell, dentures and dental bridges increase the risk of oral diseases.

Thus, dental implants are the best solution if you’re looking for a tooth replacement that requires minimum maintenance. You only need to follow the regular oral hygiene regimen of brushing, flossing and using mouthwash.

Promotes Overall Health

Teeth perform an important function of crushing and grinding the food to facilitate the process of digestion. The undesirable event of tooth loss can result in difficulty in eating food. Dental implants restore the natural chewing power and help you enjoy your favorite dishes.

A mouth-body connection exists, and as dental implants promote oral health, they also assist in maintaining systemic health.

Dentures and dental bridges increase the risk of dental diseases like dental caries, gingivitis, periodontitis, oral fungal infections, etc. Did you know that presence of gum diseases increases the probability of heart disorders? Gingival problems in pregnant women act as a risk factor for premature and low-birth weight babies. Contrary to other options, the benefits of dental implants are not limited to the oral cavity. They foster dental health as well as the overall health of the body.

Boosts Emotional Well-Being

Tooth loss can have a significant effect on the mental health of a person. You may have low self-confidence and face self-rejection. Many patients find difficulty adjusting to dentures, and the entire process of getting habituated to this prosthesis can be emotionally shattering.

Dental implants can give you a Hollywood smile. A perfect smile can boost the general wellness of a person. Thus, dental implants help in improving the overall quality of life.

Unlock the Door to a Healthy Mouth and Body

You don’t need to sit back with missing teeth for the rest of your life. We are always there to help you. Dr. Hull has immense knowledge about the connections of mouth, body, and mind. His surgical expertise along with the best quality dental implants will help you achieve the healthy lifestyle, you have always wished. If you want to know more about the health benefits of dental implants or have further questions, please contact us at 208.597.7729 today.