Dental Implants Affect Your Whole Smile

June 21, 2016

Dental implants not only replace lost teeth, but also offer several other important benefits. Kelly Vaughn, D.D.S., Nalini Kataria, D.M.D., dental implantsEmil Orza, D.D.S. and David Wang, D.M.D., your Woodstock, Marietta and Woodstock, GA, dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care, explain how a dental implant can affect your entire smile.

Dental implants keep your jawbone strong

After you lose a tooth, the jawbone underneath begins to shrink and weaken because it is no longer stimulated by your tooth roots. When the jawbone shrinks, your lower face may begin to sag and other teeth may begin to loosen. Dental implants replace your roots and provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain strong.

Implants help prevent tooth decay

You might not think that losing just one tooth could cause a significant problem, but each tooth plays an important role in keeping all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw straight. After you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side begin to slowly lean toward the opening in an attempt to fill the gap. Eventually, other teeth begin to move too, and soon several of your teeth may begin to overlap.

Cleaning these overlapping areas can be hard, but if you don't remove every speck of plaque, tooth decay can occur. Implants reduce the risk of tooth decay by keeping your teeth aligned properly.

Implants are long-lasting

Bridges and dentures, the other tooth replacement options, must be replaced eventually. Because your dental implant bonds with your jawbone, it becomes just as strong as your natural teeth roots. In most cases, your implant will never need to be replaced. Dental implants are often the lower cost option in the long run for that reason.

Implants make eating easy

Dentures have limitations. When you choose this tooth replacement option, you lose some biting power and will have to avoid hard foods. Because implants don't affect your biting power, you can continue eating the foods you enjoy.

Whether you need to replace one tooth or all of them, dental implants offer an excellent tooth replacement option. Call Drs. Vaughn, Kataria, Orza and Wang, your Woodstock, Marietta and Woodstock, GA, dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care at (678) 293-8773 to schedule an appointment to learn if implants are a good choice for you. Restore your smile with dental implants!