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Dental implants improve your oral health

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According to the American College of Prosthodontists, around 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Many people don’t understand the impact of a missing tooth. Filling the gap in your smile is about more than better photos. Dental implants lead to marked improvements in your oral health.

Prevent remaining teeth from drifting

When you are missing one or more teeth, your remaining natural teeth can slowly move to fill up the space. This drifting of teeth out of their original position can cause misalignment, which leads to difficulties in chewing. Severe drifting can weaken the roots of adjacent teeth and lead to additional tooth loss.

Protect your jawbone

Without the root of your tooth to stimulate new bone tissue growth, the jawbone located under a missing tooth can slowly deteriorate and shrink over time. With enough bone loss, the adjacent teeth can loosen and be lost due to the lack of bone support.

Eat healthier

Patients who are missing teeth can struggle to eat healthy foods like crunchy fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in nutrients and fiber leads to a healthier mouth and a healthier body. Because dental implants function just like your natural teeth, the treatment will fully restore your ability to bite, chew and eat.

Implants do not damage adjacent teeth

Unlike a dental bridge, when you get an implant, the crown of your new tooth is anchored in place using a titanium screw and does not attach to the healthy teeth on each side of the gap. To secure a bridge, your dentist must grind down your adjacent natural teeth to cement the prosthesis in place.

It’s not too late for dental implants

No matter how long you’ve been missing teeth, there are always treatment options to prepare your jaw to receive dental implants. Schedule a consultation with your oral surgeon to work out a treatment plan.

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