If you need to have teeth extracted or are already missing teeth, then you may be considering your tooth replacement option. Dental implants are an alternative to dentures, bridges and partials. This option is also said to be better for your overall dental health. Here’s a look at five ways that they can help save the other natural teeth in your mouth.
Your natural teeth encourage healthy bones in your jaw, preventing them from deteriorating. When you have a tooth pulled, that stimulation is gone and bone loss begins. Because they are put into the bone, dental implants are able to create that same natural stimulation, saving you from bone loss.
With bridges and partials, other teeth in your mouth have to be used as a support system. This causes wear on them and leads to issues, such as cavities or breakage. Dental implants are put into the jaw bone and do not stress nearby teeth.
When a tooth is missing, the other teeth in the mouth will shift. This can lead to an uneven bite, increase the chances of a tooth breaking and create issues with gum disease and cavities.
As mentioned, shifting teeth often lead to more cavities. This is because the roots become exposed creating more areas for bacteria. So, not only are more cavities a possibility but also infections. With dental implants, shifting doesn’t occur, so your chances of having a cavity actually decrease.
Implants are able to provide you with a permanent solution. You clean them and treat them like natural teeth. This encourages better care of your natural teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth and looking into your options for tooth replacement, you need to seek help from a qualified periodontist. Call our office, Gregg R. Codelli DDS PC, today to schedule your consultation. We can help you learn more about implants and what they can offer you.