Everyone wants a healthy and happy smile. We want our teeth to look, feel, and function at their best, but sometimes life has other plans for us. Whether through accident, trauma, or health issues, a missing tooth can drastically affect your confidence in smiling but also your dental health. How do dental implants, a permanent replacement tooth or teeth, positively impact your dental health?
Dental implants help keep your jawbone strong
Your jawbone and your teeth rely on each other to keep each other strong. If your jawbone was impacted, the teeth attached to it would also be endangered and weakened, and if you lose a tooth then the adjoining area of jawbone can begin to lose its strength. When you lose a tooth, the root eventually dies and stops sending signals to the jawbone telling it to remain a strong foundation. Without this ‘need’ for it to remain strong, bone resorption occurs, and the bone begins to grow weaker. This results in loss of facial and jaw structure, but it also negatively impacts the surrounding bone and threatens the loss of more teeth. When you fill this gap with an implant, however, we place a titanium screw in your jaw to fix your replacement tooth to. This screw attracts the bone to heal around it and fuse it in place, not only providing a solid foundation for your replacement tooth but also prompting your jawbone to stay strong and healthy.
Dental implants help protect your gums from gum disease
Your jawbone isn’t the only part of your mouth affected by a missing tooth. A missing tooth leaves a gap of gum that previously wasn’t exposed before. This leaves a larger surface area of soft tissue open to damage and disease. Plaque may build-up around the gum line of your neighbouring teeth, worrying the gum lining that it rests on top of. This could lead to gum disease in the exposed area, endangering the loss of your neighbouring teeth and making brushing your teeth very uncomfortable. Covering any gaps with tooth implants will help to mask these areas of once-protected gums, lessening your chances of developing gum disease in the affected area and therefore prolonging the life of your neighbouring teeth.
Dental implants help prevent cavities and decay
Dental implants also help to protect your teeth as well as your gums from plaque build-up and cavities. The gap in your teeth leads to new surfaces being exposed that were previously protected and new hard-to-reach areas when cleaning. This means plaque can pretty easily build-up in areas where its difficult to clean, i.e. around these irregular gaps and tooth walls. When left untreated, this can worsen into enamel erosion, plaque and tartar deposits, and even cavities that need further dental attention. Replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth with dental implants covers over these exposed tooth walls once again, protecting them from the bad bacteria seeking a home in your mouth.
Dental implants in Brighton are a reliable and long-lasting way to promote a healthier, happier mouth. With the correct care, your tooth implants could last the rest of your life. Find out more today, enquire online or speak to a member of our team on 01903 813212 to book your initial implant consultation with Down House Dental Practice.