If you want a tooth replacement that will help to maintain your oral health and your general wellness, consider dental implants. This treatment, which approximates the structure of a biological tooth, offers a number of health benefits to patients.
After a dentist places a dental implant in the jaw, the surrounding bone integrates with it, making it a fixture in the jaw. This root-like structure then serves as an anchor, stabilizing the jawbone. In the absence of such a structure, as is the case with bridges and dentures, the jawbone slowly erodes following tooth loss.
When the jawbone stays intact, the remaining teeth benefit from a stronger connection with the jaw themselves. At the same time, dental implants don’t require any support from neighboring teeth. Because the implant stands alone, adjoining teeth do not need to be altered and potentially weakened.
Dental implants also can help to maintain a patient’s oral health because it’s relatively easy to take care of them. In the case of a single tooth replacement, the patient can care for the dental implant using the same brushing and flossing techniques used on the rest of the teeth. Your dentist will give you instructions on caring for an implant-supported bridge or denture, which should require only minimal adjustments.
To get all of the benefits of implants, including maximum durability, it’s important to take good, appropriate care of the devices.
The attachment between the implant and the jaw also helps to make the dental implant more effective at chewing than other tooth replacement methods. For example, a patient with an implant-supported denture is likely to be able to process a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables than a patient with a conventional denture.
That aspect of dental implant treatment may help patients to eat a more nutritious diet, boosting their overall health, too.
Dental implants can benefit your health in a variety of ways. Talk to a member of our dental team to learn more about this treatment and how it might be advantageous to you. Call 516-484-6600 to schedule your visit.