5 Reasons Why Dental Implants Promote Oral Health

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Dental implants are life-changing, but why exactly are they such a revolutionary method of tooth restoration? Part of the answer lies in the structure of the implants. An implant is comprised of a post, abutment, and prosthetic, which closely mimic the structure of a natural tooth. As a result, implants provide many of the long-term oral health benefits that natural teeth do, such as:

Preserving the Jawbone
When you chew food, your teeth exert force on the underlying jawbone, keeping it strong and healthy. But when you have missing teeth, that force isn't being exerted and, over time, this causes a loss of jawbone density.

Most methods of tooth restoration, such as dentures and bridges, do not exert natural force on the jawbone, and can't prevent further deterioration or tooth loss. In contrast, dental implants exert the same kind of force on the jawbone as natural teeth do, which preserves jawbone density.

When placed within the jawbone, bone grows around the implant. This incorporation of the implant into the bone is known as osseointegration and is aided with force exerted on bone—which is why doctors recommend weight-bearing exercise to protect against osteoporosis.

Maintaining Facial Structure
Dental implants’ ability to exert natural force on the jawbone has another positive effect.  Loss of jawbone density can shrink bone, which can cause your facial structure and appearance to change dramatically, often leading to the appearance of premature aging. Because dental implants preserve jawbone density, they prevent these facial changes from occurring.

Preventing Misalignment
Another problem that happens over time when teeth are missing is that adjacent teeth begin to drift into the empty space. This can affect your ability to chew, and can lead to more oral health problems in the long term.

Dental implants mimic the structure and function of natural teeth, which stops teeth from drifting, and prevents the development health problems that can lead to further tooth loss.

Independent of Surrounding Dentition
Dental implants can replace just one tooth or multiple teeth without requiring support from surrounding healthy teeth or oral structures. Not only does this ensure a lasting restoration, but it protects the structural integrity of neighboring, healthy teeth.

Restore Full-Mouth Function
Dental implants completely restore teeth and overall oral function. With dental implants, your ability to chew tough or crunchy foods is restored, the implants don't affect your speech, and they don't slip when chewing or coughing, the way dentures often do.

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Dental implants improve your quality of life and promote long-term oral health. If you're interested in learning more about dental implants, we're here to help. Our state-of-the-art dental practice in Puyallup offers all phases of the procedure, including preliminary processes through to placing restorations.

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  1. Yeah, I completely agree that dental implants are life-changing. I am also in favor of having dental implants. One of my front teeth had fallen down and it was looking terrible. I too had implant for that and chose highly professional cosmetic dentist Hermosa Beach. He did surgery without any pain.