Choosing the right tooth restoration can be challenging given the many available options. Dental implants have become a popular tooth replacement option because they look stunningly natural, are long-lasting, and can replace one or multiple lost or damaged teeth. Dental implants are ideal for most people and can help restore the integrity of your bite and the fullness of your smile.
In addition to improving the aesthetics of your smile, implants also improve your overall oral health. Here are a few ways that dental implants can improve your dental wellness.
Restore Damaged Teeth
Dental implants provide an excellent replacement option for severely decayed or damaged teeth. They are incredibly durable and are the only tooth replacement option that replaces both the root and the crown. Replacing decayed teeth with implants will promote the health of your entire mouth by preventing further decay and restoring the tooth, which can help protect your gums, jaws, and surrounding teeth.
Prevent Jawbone Loss
When you lose your tooth, the bone supporting and surrounding the teeth loses the stimulation and pressure that maintains its density and form. The jawbone will start to deteriorate and may result in changes in your facial muscles and features. Most people with bridges and dentures experience jaw shrinkage that drastically alters the shape and overall appearance of their face. Dental implants are placed into the jaw where your lost tooth root was and provides the stimulation that the jawbone needs to preserve your muscles and facial structure.
Preserve Remaining Teeth
Teeth are held in position by roots and the surrounding teeth. Therefore, losing one tooth will increase the risk of losing neighboring teeth as they shift into the gap. Dental implants are excellent for those who want to replace missing teeth without removing or changing already existing healthy teeth. Dental implants will support nearby teeth making them less likely to become loose or fall out.
Improve Oral Hygiene
Missing or decayed teeth put you at a higher risk of gum disease and cavities. Brushing and flossing your teeth is difficult when you have empty sockets. Additionally, empty tooth sockets trap bacteria, plaque, and food particles, increasing your risk of oral health problems. With dental implants, you will continue your normal oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily. Simple brushing, rinsing with mouthwash, and flossing are all you need to maintain your dental implants. You do not need specialized processes or tools to maintain your oral hygiene.
Support Healthy Eating
Eating your favorite foods should not be a painful experience. If you experience any discomfort or pain while eating due to a missing or damaged tooth, consult your dentist to explore your restoration options. Implants allow you to eat nutrient-rich foods required to stay healthy. Eating a balanced diet will protect your bones and lower the risks of jawbone deterioration and tooth decay. Implants are sturdy like natural teeth, so you don’t have to stick to soft foods to avoid tooth pain or discomfort.