Missing teeth are a common problem for many Americans of all ages and backgrounds. Along with ruining your smile and causing embarrassment, missing teeth can also have a negative effect on your health and increase your risk of developing oral and general health problems in the future.
Even a single missing tooth can negatively affect your health. Whether you’ve recently experienced tooth loss or have been living with it for years, there are many options available to help you get your smile back and improve your oral health at any age.
If you have one or more missing teeth, rest assured that you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 30 million American adults are missing all of their natural teeth, and as many as 130 million are missing at least one tooth.
There are a number of ways that tooth loss can affect your health and emotional well-being, which is why our team of dentists recommends replacing even a single missing tooth. Here are five benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants consist of an implant and a cosmetic crown. The implant anchors the crown in place, so you don’t need a bridge to replace individual teeth. Implants can also support a set of full or partial dentures, so you have several options whether you need to replace one, several, or all of your teeth.
Once the implants are in place, they look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. As long as you practice good oral hygiene and keep up with your dental checkups and cleanings, you can eat whatever you want and smile with confidence.
One side effect of tooth loss is that the supporting bone tissue in your gums continues to erode. Bone loss can increase your risk of infection and gum disease, and even affect the health of the surrounding teeth and your bite.
A dental implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and helps to generate healthy new bone growth through a process known as osseointegration. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents bone loss.
Getting used to new teeth can be difficult in the beginning, and many people struggle not just with learning how to eat and speak with their new teeth, but with the fit as well.
The process for getting dental implants is longer and more intensive than other tooth replacement options, but once they’re in, you don’t have to worry about removing them or keeping them in place.
With dental implants, you should practice diligent oral hygiene and continue to get regular dental checkups, but overall caring for your new dental implants is just as easy as caring for your natural teeth.
Dental implants are a long-term solution to tooth loss, so with proper care and a healthy diet and lifestyle habits, you can look forward to many years with your new and improved smile.
For more information about how dental implants work and to find out if they’re a good option for you, contact us at Arden Dental Group in Arden, North Carolina, today to schedule an appointment.