Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Posted by DR. GURI S. DHALIWAL on Mar 11 2021, 08:48 PM

Health Benefits of Dental Implants

The dental industry, as a whole, has seen notable advancements in the past few decades. Dental implants are one of the new developments in the past 40 years—for some very good reasons. 

The loss of a tooth or multiple teeth can impact your ability to chew, cause other teeth to shift towards the gap created by the missing tooth, and compromise the mouth's health's function and aesthetics, creating problems in overall oral health. Therefore, it is important to replacing your missing tooth with dental implants to maintain your oral and general health. Dental implants offer a wealth of benefits, including enhanced comfort and confidence and improved oral health. 

Dental implants can be used to replace the entire tooth structure, from root to crown. A dental implant is a titanium post surgically inserted in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth's roots. This post provides support to a bridge, dental crown, or denture and restores the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. 

Thus, Dental implants can be used to:

  • Replace missing teeth with a dental crown
  • Support dental bridges
  • Secure dentures (either removable or fixed)

Why is it important to replace a missing tooth with dental implants?

  • Improved Periodontal Health

When a patient has a missing tooth, either due to dental extraction or falling out, it can lead to the buildup and proliferation of bacteria in the spaces left by the missing teeth. This bacteria will lead to serious forms of gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis, if they are left untreated. It is important to replace them with implant-supported restorations to improve the health of a patients' gums and teeth and allow them to brush and floss as they normally would. 

  • Protection Against Further Damage

At times, even root canal therapy cannot repair or restore unhealthy teeth, and they will need to be extracted to prevent further deterioration and bacteria buildup. Bacteria hidden within cracks or chips can make the existing decay worse, severely weakening the tooth and the surrounding tissue. Replacing these damaged teeth with dental implants is necessary to form a strong foundation for your future oral health.

Benefits of dental implants

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants offers numerous benefits; some of them are as follows: 

  • Maintain the integrity of bone structure after tooth loss.
  • Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth-loss; no adjustment is needed after placement.
  • Preserve the health of neighboring teeth as the need for any bridgework is not necessary.
  • Replace loose-fitting dentures.
  • Distribute bite forces evenly. 
  • Look and function like natural teeth.
  • Do not affect speaking ability as bulky dentures are eliminated.
  • It prevents bone loss and thus improves facial appearance. 

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

A dental implant procedure can be done by patients of all ages and is the right choice for people with one or more missing teeth due to injury, disease, or decay. They are convenient for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. 

You are an ideal candidate for dental implants if you satisfy the following criteria: 

  • Your gums and teeth should be in good health.
  • There is a good bone density to offer good support.
  • You follow good oral hygiene habits.
  • Do not have the habit of smoking.

For dental implants, unlike other restorative treatments, since the restoration is fully supported by the titanium posts, the surrounding teeth remain unaffected. This preserves the health and strength of the neighboring natural teeth.

Contact our office by calling us or schedule a consultation with our dentist online to see if you would be a good candidate for dental implants.

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