By: EON Clinics Staff
Dental implants seem to be one of the hot topics in the dental world right now. Where dentures were once the most recommended treatment for patients, dental implants have risen in numbers and is now one of the most requested dental procedure in tooth restoration. Besides the cosmetic aspect, dental implants have been proven to help ameliorate patients overall health. Here are the top 7 health benefits of dental implants.
- They’re your teeth, smile! Believe it or not, dental implants are the best alternative in replicating your actual teeth! The implant that is placed in the bone below the gum connecting to the abutment and crown work together to create a natural look and feel.
- Continue to gain nourishment: People who have used dentures experience various trials in the attempts of eating. Many patients complain that they aren’t able to chew, their dentures slide and the glue irritates their gums. With dental implants, you will never have to worry about the solidity of your teeth before eating your favorite foods.
- Keep the structure of your face: Because the implant is placed in the bone under your gum, the implant works to keep the bone stimulated. In turn, this eliminates the chances of bone resorption and guarantees the stability and of structure of your jaw bone.
- No more cavities: Though cavities cannot live in the crown of a dental implant, it is still highly recommended that you brush daily as well as continue your regular dentist appointments.
- Improved Speech: With dentures or broken teeth, speaking clearly can become a issue. Dentures that do not fit well can slip and cause mumbling as well as slurring. Natural teeth with excessive gaps can cause whistling sounds as well as a mumble. With dental implants, there is no further worry of teeth slipping out or excessive gaps so you are able to speak in comfort.
- Improves Periodontal Health: Patients who suffer from periodontal disease may experience superfluous tooth loss. With this, individuals suffer from spacing within their mouth that become prey to bacteria and plaque buildups. Dental implants used as a restoration treatment fill in the gaps which decreases the build of plaque and spread of bacteria. With this, dental implants have been proven to assist in, if not completely hinder, gum disease.
- Bad oral health can cause complications with breathing and fertility: The growth of bacteria (due to gum disease) creates harmful toxins that can affect the immune system and attack the bloodstream. Because of this, patients who have gum disease who are attempting to get pregnant have a harder time conceiving. Other patients have an increased risk of heart disease, respiratory disease, miscarriage and premature birth.
What is involved with taking care of dental implants?
You’ve spent a lot of time and money on your teeth, so protect your investment by making sure your dental implants last forever. By maintaining these three steps you will be able to ensure the longevity of your dental implants.
- Oral Hygiene: You should be brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day.
- Quit Smoking: This task is difficult, nicotine is a very addictive drug, however, smoking damages your gum.
- Dental Check-Ups: Make sure you are seeing your periodontist regularly. Your dentist may be able to see you as well.
The home care recommended varies depending upon the type of dental implants placed. For example, a single implant supported crown is cleaned like a natural tooth, with regular brushing and flossing. Implant supported bridges that replace a few teeth are cleaned like tooth supported bridges, brushing and flossing with a floss threader. Ask your dentist for a personal oral care plan for your implant type.
In all cases, it is recommended that patients see their regular dentist and hygienist at least twice each year unless they routinely see the periodontist, in which case they would continue to alternate visits. It is usually recommended that the patient see the surgical specialist who places the implants at least once each year as well. These visits, combined with proper home care, are essential to the long term success of implant treatment.