The Benefits of Dental Implants
At Downtown Dental Care, we understand the difficulties that come with tooth loss. We also understand the immense benefits that come with tooth replacement procedures. Dental implants are currently the most beneficial way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer our edentulous patients so many benefits, both health and quality of life and here’s how!
The Health Risks of Losing Teeth
When a patient is facing tooth loss, their oral health is probably suffering for one reason or another. Tooth loss due to decay, disease, or medication can be an indicator of a negative oral health cycle that is quite hard to break. Tooth loss usually leads to bone loss in the jaw, which usually leads to further tooth loss and the further deterioration of oral health. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental bridge that is supported by natural teeth or a denture can help the patient to eat and speak properly, but does nothing to address the bone loss in the jaw. This is where dental implants come in.
The Health Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants replace the whole tooth, from root to crown. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible metal. When something is said to be biocompatible, it means that the human body readily accepts it, and will grow around it, instead of rejecting it from the body. When a titanium implant is placed into the bone of the jaw, the bone will heal around the implant, resulting in a strong mechanical bond between the bone in your jaw and the dental implant. This is a process known as osseointegration.
Bone loss in the jaw will often follow tooth loss because the bone in the jaw stops receiving tactile feedback from the root of the tooth. Like any part of the body that is allowed to atrophy, when the jawbone stops receiving feedback, it will start to wither. Dental implant placement revitalizes the jawbone, invigorating it and encouraging the bone to become dense once more. Dental implants encourage healthy bone levels in the jaw!
Quality of Life Benefits of Dental Implants
Losing a tooth can mean a big change in the way you live your life. When you are missing teeth, you often are not able to enjoy the same foods that you once did. Foods that have sharp edges, or are crispy can become quite painful to eat. As a result, those missing teeth will forgo some of their favorite foods. The challenges don’t end at foods. Teeth play a big role in helping to properly pronounce words, so when you are missing teeth, your ability to speak becomes hindered. Those who are missing teeth are even reluctant to smile because they are embarrassed about their appearance. Dental implants can change all of that.
With dental implants, you can eat what you want, when you want, and you don’t have to worry about mispronouncing words. Dental implants even look just like your real teeth, allowing you to smile without worrying about how you look!
Please call us today at (503) 420-7600 to schedule your appointment.