How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Oral Health

How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Oral Health

Most people are concerned about having their teeth look nice when they smile, but how often do you think about the impact your teeth have on your oral health? If you’re missing teeth, and you can’t chew the foods you love, or talk without extra effort, how nice your teeth look may be the least of your concerns.

Here’s the good news: Amanda Darling, DDS of Legacy Dental in Ballwin, MO, makes it easy to replace missing teeth with custom dental implants. Eat, talk, and smile as you mean it with dental implants that can improve your oral health.

Missing teeth affect your oral health and your overall wellness

Tooth loss is a big deal — not just for cosmetic reasons, but because missing teeth can harm your oral health and your overall well-being. Why is this? Some of the biggest reasons to replace missing teeth include:

Traditional dentures often make it difficult to eat healthy foods like crunchy apples or carrots, so you may avoid them even though they’re good for you. Dental implants become a permanent part of your mouth, so you can eat all the nutritious foods you like to keep your mouth healthy and contribute to your overall wellness.

Implants don’t require altering your other teeth in preparation for your new teeth, either. And keeping your natural teeth intact improves your oral health long term.

Dental implants are most like natural teeth in form and function

Your natural teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes injury or tooth decay leads to the need for the next best thing. Like natural teeth, dental implants become a permanent part of your mouth so you can talk, chew, and smile without worry.

A dental implant actually has a “root” that your dentist implants into your jawbone, and then affixes a custom-designed crown to match the surrounding teeth.

The health advantage of having a new titanium root is that it bonds to your jawbone. This does a couple of things for your oral health: It prevents bone loss and creates a strong foundation for your replacement tooth. Dental implants can support a single tooth, a few teeth, or even dentures.

Your new implants function most like natural teeth. They feel like natural teeth, and you care for them just as you would your natural teeth. Plus, as a bonus, dental implants and crowns aren’t subject to tooth decay. So, if you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, your implants will continue to serve you functionally and aesthetically for the rest of your life.

Good oral health may make you want to smile more

When you’re not embarrassed by missing teeth and you feel good about your smile, you’re more likely to share it freely with family, friends, and even strangers. And believe it or not, the act of smiling has a positive impact on your overall health and wellness. Smiling relieves stress, boosts your immune system, and lowers your blood pressure!

See the link between good oral health and your overall health? These are reasons to smile all by themselves.

If you’ve lost a tooth to decay or injury, or you’re missing a few teeth, look beyond their aesthetic value and consider all the health benefits of dental implants. Good health begins with your mouth, and its positive impact goes much further than you may have realized.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, give call Dr. Darling at Legacy Dental, or click the button on this website to request an appointment.  

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