May is Women’s Health Month; it is a good time to review your health, and any woman with missing teeth should speak with her periodontist about the health benefits of dental implants. These restorations do a lot more than simply improve the aesthetic of a smile.
Your bones maintain density through constant stimulation. In the jaw, when a tooth goes missing, that section of the jaw bone no longer receives such stimulation, so the body will resorb the tissue. People with missing teeth who do not replace them typically develop a sunken facial appearance. An implant is the only restoration to restore stimulation to the bone to keep it strong and durable.
It is extremely difficult to clean a gap in the smile. Therefore, bacteria have an easier time growing, and you are more susceptible to gingivitis. Teeth can also shift out of their normal positions to fill in the empty space.
Another risk from a missing tooth is that the pressure is no longer evenly distributed throughout your mouth. When you chew with a missing tooth, the other teeth have to take on more pressure than they were designed for. This will definitely happen if you only chew on one side of the mouth because the other side has a gap. The placement of a dental implant fills in the gap left behind, redistributing the bite pressure.
Vegetables and nuts become much harder to eat when you do not have all your teeth. As a result, people with fewer teeth sometimes rely more on processed foods. This can create nutritional deficiencies because you do not get all essential vitamins and minerals from plant-based foods. With dental implants, you can eat everything that you normally would with a full set of natural teeth. You would not need to avoid specific foods with an implant that is properly cared for.
You can do so much for your health by investing in dental implants. Dr. Curry Leavitt is an experienced periodontist in Las Vegas who has helped numerous patients attain better oral health. Take control of your health by contacting our office in Las Vegas, NV to schedule an appointment.