We all hope to keep our natural choppers healthy, white, and strong for life. But there are a number of factors that can cause or contribute to tooth loss in adulthood, including poor oral hygiene, failure to visit the dentist in Royal Oak regularly, a diet heavy in sugars and carbs, tobacco use, certain medications, and genetics.
For most of human history, your only option in replacing missing teeth (if anything) would have been ill-fitting and uncomfortable dentures. But today, you have the option of a tooth replacement that, once placed, looks and feels just like the real thing. Dental implants are the hands-down gold standard when it comes to getting your natural smile back.
Here are five reasons you should consider dental implants for your missing teeth.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Perhaps — and understandably so — you think of tooth replacement as a cosmetic issue. And it certainly is, as most people don’t want to go around with a noticeable gap in their grins. But teeth are important for the health of your jawbone, as they stimulate the jaw and keep it strong. When a tooth is not there, the bone underneath it will begin to waste away. Traditional dentures, which sit on top of the gums, do not stimulate the jawbone but dental implants do.
Dental Implants Keep Your Natural Teeth in Place
When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth, despite being attached to the jawbone, may start to shift out of position and into the empty space. And then other teeth may start moving into the other tooth’s original space. This will not only cause problems with the appearance of your smile, but may lead to significant bit issues.
Dental Implants Don’t Affect Surrounding Teeth
Conventional bridges are effective in many ways, but the process requires shaving down of the surrounding natural teeth which over time, can have a detrimental effect on those teeth. The dental implant process does not require that we alter any other teeth in your mouth.
Dental Implants Are Convenient
Once your dental implants are in place, they function just like the real thing, as their structure mimics natural teeth with a post that’s implanted into the jawbone and a sturdy crown. This means they don’t need to be removed for cleaning and you don’t have to learn any special care routines. You can eat whatever you want with confidence.
Dental Implants Become Part of Your Body
As you heal after dental implant surgery, the implant becomes integrated into your jawbone. A dental implant is the only true replacement for a real tooth, and it functions as one. Unlike traditional dentures, it will not slip, slide, or fall out. You will be able to chew normally, and your speech won’t be impacted. After a time, you will likely not even think about the fact they are there!
To learn more about dental implants — and whether they are a good option to replace your missing teeth — contact North Oaks Dental for a consultation. You may call us at 248-712-1522 or fill out our online form. We promise to get back to you shortly!