Have you been considering dental implants? Dental implants are a large investment, and many people think that they’re just aesthetic. While they certainly improve the aesthetics of your smile, they also have benefits for your oral health.
That’s right, they can help you maintain good oral hygiene.
But how does that work? How can something that seems so unnecessary help you keep your teeth clean and healthy?
We’re here to talk about it. Keep reading to learn why your next dentist visit should include a conversation about dental implants.
They Make Chewing and Eating Easier
If you’re missing multiple teeth, or teeth that are front-and-center, you might have difficulty eating. This could lead you to eating soft and unhealthy foods.
Many things that are crucial for our overall health require more chewing. Fruits and vegetables, for example, are better when they’re in their fresh state because they contain healthy fiber.
Foods that are soft and sticky are often part of a healthy diet (like yogurt or soups), but relying on them, especially if you don’t brush after every meal, could lead to problems.
Dental implants make eating a breeze because they act like your natural teeth. You can eat anything you want, meaning that your remaining teeth can stay healthy and strong.
They May Prevent Gum Disease
When you lose a tooth, your gums will have an extra space (or pocket) where germs can grow and accumulate. This is one of the reasons that people want to fix gaps with orthodontia. You may also have a harder time getting food out of your gums.
Because you’ll spend money on your implants, it may also encourage you to take better care of your teeth. After all, when you have a smile that’s worth thousands of dollars, you want to protect it.
If you weren’t already brushing and flossing as often as you should, you will now.
They Protect Your Jaw
Did you know that losing an adult tooth can influence the overall health of your jaw (and sometimes even the shape of your face)?
Your teeth help to prevent bone loss in your jaw. Bone loss can lead to future dental problems and it can also cause your face to look uneven or sunken in.
Dental implants help to prevent bone loss.
They Help to Prevent Future Loss and Breakage
When you’re missing a tooth, you may set yourself up for future lost teeth and broken teeth in the future.
Without the support of surrounding teeth, your remaining teeth may be more susceptible to wear and tear. They’re doing the work of multiple teeth and they don’t have protection from the sides.
Because they improve your overall dental health, they may also help you avoid gum recession (which can lead to lost teeth).
Protect Your Good Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene will help you prevent lost teeth in the first place, but when that fails, dental implants will allow you to maintain (or improve) it in the future.
You deserve a smile that you love to show off. When dental implants can also prevent tooth issues and improve your oral health, you know that they’re a worthwhile investment.
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