Are you considering dental implants? If so, you may be surprised to learn the procedure offers four hidden health benefits, aside from an improved smile and enhanced functionality.
1. Keeping your jawbone strong. You know the importance of strong bones, and your jaw is no exception. Gaping holes left behind by missing teeth can damage the strength and firmness of your jawbone over time. When your jawbone is not being used to support natural teeth, it gradually deteriorates – eventually leading to problems like posterior bite collapse or facial collapse. The good news is that dental implants preserve and stimulate natural bone, thus preventing bone loss.
2. Preserving healthy teeth. If you opt for a fixed bridge to fill the gap of missing teeth, your dentist must grind away portions of your healthy teeth on one or both sides of the gap. However, dental implants allow your healthy teeth to remain intact. A dental implant goes into the jawbone in the spot where your missing tooth root once was and acts as a placeholder, thus preventing the nearby healthy teeth from tipping or shifting over time.
3. Improving oral hygiene. No doubt, you know it’s important to floss your teeth in areas your toothbrush can’t reach. In contrast to a fixed bridge, individual implants allow easier access between your teeth, improving overall oral hygiene.
4. Eliminating the risk that teeth may loosen or fail due to unnatural pressure. Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto your adjacent teeth, which bear pressure as the metal framework rocks back and forth. Over time, these teeth may loosen or fail due to the unnatural pressure. But replacing missing teeth with implant-supported crowns or bridges eliminates the risk of unnatural pressure – and allows your healthy teeth to stay healthy.