Benefits of Dental Implants
At Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists, we understand that losing teeth can have a devastating effect on your quality of life, and seriously impact your confidence. With dental implants, however, restoring the health and beauty of your mouth is possible. Dental implants involve a surgical procedure in which small titanium rods are inserted into your jawbone. After you have healed, the implants then act as a support system, holding your replacement crowns. There are many benefits to dental implants.
Your teeth are essential for the beginning stages of digestion. Sufficiently chewing your food helps to break it down, making the nutrients more easily accessible for the body to absorb. When you are missing teeth, this process is interrupted. Your body cannot absorb as many nutrients, and your overall health can suffer.
Implants help to provide a strong, stable support system for your replacement teeth. With your new crowns, you can once again thoroughly chew your food, allowing the nutrients within to become more easily accessed. Your replacement teeth also help to fill the gaps left behind by missing teeth, preventing food from becoming lodged.
Teeth play a couple of roles in speech. First, they control airflow. Second, certain sounds rely on the ability of your tongue to touch the back of your teeth. Missing teeth can lead to a lisp and can make it difficult for others to understand you when you speak. Unlike dentures, which can take some time to adjust to (or cause a whistle if they are not fit properly), dental implants work just like your natural teeth. Your speech is restored, without the need for an adjustment period.
A common complaint about traditional dentures is that they are uncomfortable. If they become loose or do not fit properly, they can rub against your gums, leading to painful sores. Dentures also rely on your gums for support, and can significantly restrict blood flow.
Implants provide you with much more comfort. Rather than sitting directly on your gums, your replacement teeth are supported by the titanium rods. Pressure is taken off of the tissue. Moreover, because they are fixed in place, you never have to worry about them slipping out of place and rubbing against your gums.
Traditional dentures are removable, and cleaning them every night can be rather time-consuming. Implants, however, are not removable. They can be cared for every day just like your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. In fact, except avoiding chewing on hard objects like ice, popcorn kernels, and writing instruments, no other special care is required.
Maintaining Your Jaw Health
When you lose your teeth, your jawbone begins to weaken, and bone mass deteriorates. While dentures replace your teeth, they cannot stop this deterioration from occurring. Over time, your jawbone changes shape, and your face begins to age. Implants, because they are inserted into the jaw, mimic the roots of natural teeth. The rods stimulate the bone and help to maintain the integrity, and shape of your jawbone.
Dental implants offer you a permanent solution to your tooth loss, restoring the health and function of your mouth, and the beauty of your smile. Contact Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists today for more information and to find out if implants are the right solution for you.
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