Dental Implants: Three Health Reasons Get Them After Losing A Tooth

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In most cases, people who get dental implants want to restore their aesthetic appeal after losing teeth. A common misconception about dental implants is that they are only for aesthetic purposes. Dental implants restore your smile while also providing various dental health benefits. Examples of health issues that require dental implants include, but are not limited to, jawbone deterioration, gum infections, and teeth shifting. Here are three health reasons to get dental implants.

1. Gum Infections

A sensitive section of the gums becomes exposed when you lose a tooth. As a result, it is common for the exposed gum area to suffer minute injuries when brushing or eating hard foods. Though the minute injuries may go unnoticed, exposure to germs and bacteria in the mouth can result in an infection of the gums. In the worst-case scenario, you might get gum disease. The infection in the gums could also spread to the roots of the adjacent teeth, resulting in the loss of more teeth. Thus, if you have a missing tooth, you need to get a dental implant as soon as possible. A dental implant covers the exposed gum area, therefore, minimizing microscopic injuries that could aid an infection or gum disease.

2. Jawbone Deterioration 

Tooth removal involves plucking a tooth root from the jawbone. When you lose a tooth, a cavity, or a hole, forms on the jawbone. Over time, the jawbone cavity heals. But due to the lack of a tooth, the jawbone shrinks in size to fill the cavity. The shrinking causes the jawbone to become weak and more susceptible to deterioration. If you have several missing teeth in a row, the more your jawbone will deteriorate. As your jawbone deteriorates, it loses its grip on the adjacent teeth. After some time, your adjacent teeth may start to shift in place, resulting in a misaligned bite. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant prevents your jawbone from shrinking and deteriorating. With a dental implant, your adjacent teeth can't shift in place. You also prevent bite misalignments from occurring.

3. Losing Adjacent Teeth 

Neglecting to replace missing teeth with dental implants can lead to more tooth loss. Once adjacent teeth no longer have enough support from the jawbone to remain in place, they can fall off. So, when too much jawbone deterioration occurs, you risk losing more teeth. Dental implants can prevent the loss of extra teeth by supporting the adjacent teeth. Hence, replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps retain the adjacent teeth.


19 April 2022

Dentistry for the Whole Family

Do you have a different doctor from your spouse? Does your child see a pediatrician? Most families have different medical health providers for different members of the family. This makes sense in most cases, but did you know that you can find a dentist who will treat every person in the family from a baby to a senior? I'm a manager or a family dentist, and in this blog you will learn why a family dentist is a great idea. I will tell you the many advantages of taking every family member to the same dentist, and I will give you tips of finding the right dental office for your family.