How Dental Implants Can Improve Oral Health

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Dental implants are a popular choice for bringing back your natural smile following tooth loss, but did you know they can boost your oral health, too? If you’re considering treatment options to replace a tooth or two, we at Lansdowne and Herndon Smile Design want you to discover why dental implants might be the ideal solution for improving your smile, health and happiness.

Dental implants restore and protect bone density
Your teeth are supported by your jawbones, which provide a foundation for strength and stability. When you’re eating, the pressure created from biting and chewing sends a signal to the bone via the nerves in the roots of your teeth.

This pressure provides the stimulation necessary for bone tissue to regenerate and retain its density. When you lose a tooth, you also lose that stimulation and bone density, leaving that once-strong foundation weak and struggling to support your remaining teeth.

Implants are surgically placed directly into your jawbone, and they gain stability as they heal and fuse with the bone. The implant can then continue with the signaling action of the tooth to the jaw, preserving the bone’s density.

Having implants can reduce the risk of cavities
Gaps in your teeth aren’t just unsightly, they can make it easier for the surrounding teeth to succumb to decay. Bacteria clings to your teeth forming plaque, a sticky substance that can be hard to remove, and it enables harmful acids to erode the enamel and allow the teeth to decay.

When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth are more exposed, and it’s easier for bacteria to build up. Filling that space with a dental implant can protect the remaining teeth from decay and ensure your entire mouth remains healthy.

Gum health is improved with dental implants
The leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease, and that doesn’t end when your tooth is extracted. Gum tissue is delicate, and missing teeth leave open spaces that are perfect for bacteria to stick to and multiply. These gaps can be tricky to clean properly, making plaque buildup more likely and gum disease harder to avoid.

Having a dental implant refills that space and makes it much easier to keep on top of your oral hygiene, instead of opening the door for bacteria and plaque to accumulate.

Dental implants can prevent malocclusion
Malocclusion is what we call your remaining teeth shifting into the place of one that has been extracted. Your teeth rely on one another to stay in their correct position, so your smile is straight and perfectly aligned to eat and speak comfortably and easily.

When you lose a tooth, the remaining teeth are eager to fill the space and will shift into that position. This can change your bite alignment, making it tricky to eat, but it can also cause your teeth to become crooked, crowded and difficult to keep clean.

Dental implants can improve your oral health and ensure your teeth stay in excellent shape, but it’s important that they’re fitted by an experienced specialist. Dr. Rafaat has been practicing dentistry for over 14 years, and with a doctorate in dental surgery along with an advanced general residency program under his belt, you can be sure that his skill and expertise are just what you’re looking for.

To discover if dental implants are the right treatment option for your tooth loss, schedule an appointment today at Lansdowne and Herndon Smile Design by booking online or calling your clinic of choice.