The Benefits of Dental Implants

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Having one or more missing teeth can have a negative impact on your life. Not only may it cause you trouble when chewing or speaking, it can also affect your ability to interact with others. If you suffer from tooth loss, here is what you need to know about replacing them with dental implants.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered one of the best options to restore your smile since the implants can replace the entire tooth, not just the part that you see. The implant contains a titanium post, which is surgically placed into your jawbone and replaces the roots of the missing tooth. Once healed, a false tooth, bridge, or entire denture can be attached to this post, restoring both the appearance and the function of your teeth.

This method is recommended because it offers so many benefits to your oral health as well as functional benefits. You should consult with your dentist to help you decide if dental implants are right for you.

Improved Gum Health

When you lose a tooth, bacteria will build up in the space that the missing tooth left. The space is large enough for food particles to get stuck there and feed the bacteria growth while still being too small to brush effectively.

If the condition is not treated, then the bacteria can cause gum disease which will affect the rest of the teeth over time and possibly lead to further tooth loss. The good news is that by adding a dental implant to the space, this issue can be fixed. The health of your gums will be improved and you will be able to brush and floss your teeth as normal.

Protecting Against Damage

Sometimes, you might have a tooth that is so damaged that even a root canal cannot restore it and the tooth will need to be removed. When your teeth have suffered this kind of extensive damage, they are more likely to deteriorate and build up bacteria.

If bacteria remain in the chips or cracks of the tooth, more decay can be triggered which will weaken the surrounding tissues, including the tooth itself. Using dental implants to replace these damaged teeth can help your dentist give you a stronger foundation since the bacteria will no longer be able to spread.

Preventing Jawbone Deterioration

When you have a missing tooth, your jawbone will begin to break down since it will no longer be stimulated by the root of the tooth when you are chewing. When the jawbone is being stimulated, the body will nourish it. However, when it is no longer being stimulated, the bone will start to erode.

A dental implant can replace the root of your tooth which will stimulate the jawbone and potentially stop bone loss and in some cases, reverse it.


If you would like to learn more about dental implants, contact Today’s Family Dental in Tampa, Florida to schedule an appointment.