June 18, 2017
Tooth loss is a problem that goes well beyond what you can see. Of course, Dr. Hughes and his team want you to be happy with the way your smile looks so we encourage tooth replacement for the sake of your appearance. But in addition to that there are other important considerations, too. More than any other kind of oral prosthetic—for example, crown and bridge, a partial or dentures—dental implants support your oral and general health. With dental implants in Ardmore, you’ll not only have a smile that is complete, you’ll also have the best option for your overall well being. Read on to learn more about the many health benefits of dental implants.
What Are the Oral Health Benefits of Dental Implants?
When you are missing several teeth or even only one tooth, there’s likely to be consequences to your oral health. For instance, did you know that the loss of even one tooth increases the likelihood that you will have decay in your other teeth and that gum disease would develop? In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the first place. So once a tooth is lost because of gum disease, you may be trapped in a vicious cycle if that tooth is not replaced in a timely manner.
In addition, missing teeth can negatively impact the alignment of other teeth and ultimately your occlusion or bite. Teeth near the gap in your smile may shift in order to fill in the open space. Consequently, misalignment develops, which can lead to other problems such as the painful symptoms of TMJ.
Dental Implants help you avoid all of these concerns by replacing your missing teeth with a stand-alone prosthetic. No other teeth are affected when Dr. Hughes, your dentist in Ardmore, places a dental implant. With this tooth replacement, a titanium post is positioned in the bone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. Once the restoration is attached, you have lifelike replacement that keeps your other teeth in position, maintains a healthy bite and improves the appearance of your smile.
What are the General Health Benefits of Dental Implants?
Did you know that the loss of one tooth could make eating a diet of healthy foods more difficult? Depending on which tooth is lost, you may have trouble biting into an apple, tearing apart meat or gnashing and grinding nuts. Therefore, replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant can make a considerable difference in your nutrition.
Dental Implants and Your Facial Structure
Last but not least, dental implants do something that other tooth replacement options can’t: they help maintain the strength and form of your jaw. The implanted post stimulates healthy new bone tissue growth. Without this stimulation, bone deteriorates and your jaw begins to shrink, making you look older.
Contact Our Office Today
Dr. Hughes would be happy to meet with you to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.
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