What Are the Health Benefits of Dental Implants?
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, dental implants might be an option you’re considering. Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to replacing teeth. A smile supported by dental implants is stable, completely restoring your ability to bite, talk, and laugh.
Your new smile will look great too. A tooth supported by a dental implant looks completely natural and is indistinguishable from the rest of your smile. Because they look so good, you can feel good about smiling again, restoring any lost confidence.
But aside from addressing the appearance and function of your teeth, dental implants have several other fantastic advantages.
Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of dental implants.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Before we discuss how dental implants benefit your health, we need to explore how they work. An implant is a titanium post that’s anchored into your jaw. It replaces the natural root of the tooth. A crown is placed on top of the implant to complete the replacement tooth.
If you’ve lost several teeth, multiple implants are used; however, instead of individual posts with single crowns, a bridge or set of dentures is supported by strategically placed implants.
Once implanted, your dental implants will fuse with the bone. This is a process called osseointegration. Although it can take several months for the implant to become completely bound to your jaw, the support it will provide your new tooth is unparalleled.
Dental Implants Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease
When you lose a tooth, the gaps between your teeth are hard to clean. The exposed gum can become a haven for harmful bacteria. Over time, the bacteria could cause gum disease.
Initially, gum disease causes mild irritation, bleeding, and inflammation. But gum disease can progress and cause serious lasting damage to your oral health.
By placing a dental implant, we’ll remove the exposed gum, making it easier to keep your mouth clean. Because the implants go right to the bone below, there’s also no danger of food or bacteria getting trapped beneath the crown.
Dental Implants Prevent Dental Drift
Mesial or dental drift refers to the tendency for our teeth to shift into available spaces. If you’ve lost a tooth, the newly formed gap opens up the potential for unwanted movement. As your teeth gradually slide, they can twist and cause gaps further along your smile.
If we place an implant, the neighbouring teeth can no longer slide. The new complete tooth restores stability to the structure of your smile.
Dental Implants Help Preserve Your Jaw Bone
Your jaw supports your teeth. When a tooth is gone, the jawbone starts to break down. Any minerals from the bone are taken to other parts of the body via the bloodstream. But this resorption process affects the shape of your jaw and the structure of your face.
This leads to a prematurely aged appearance. Your lips and the skin around your mouth will lack support and will start to sag.
A dental implant can stop the resorption process. Once we’ve placed the implant, your jawbone will remain healthy.
Additionally, dental implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
Dental Implants at Canon House
At Canon House, we’ve restored countless smiles using dental implants. But more than improving the aesthetics of your smile, dental implants provide lots of great health benefits.
If you believe dental implants are for you, a consultation with our team will confirm your next steps. Call today to make an appointment.
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