5 Ways Dental Implants Improve Your Oral Health

5 Ways Dental Implants Improve Your Oral Health in Grand Rapids, MI

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (typically made of titanium) used to later support a crown. If you've recently lost a tooth, you'll want to ask our dentist if you're a candidate for dental implant surgery. A dental implant does more than just restore your smile—it also protects oral health by preventing further tooth loss, cavities, and jawbone deterioration.

1.) Eat without Pain

Is it painful to bite down or chew? If so, you'll want to schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as possible. It's hard getting the nutrition you need when you have loose or missing teeth. If you find yourself only eating soft foods, there could be gaps in your diet that put you at risk for nutritional deficiencies. Fortunately, our dentist will be able to recommend dental implants or other tooth replacement options to restore your smile.

Unlike dentures, a tooth implant doesn't slip while eating because it's anchored to your jawbone. This means that after the dental implant procedure, you'll be able to continue eating your favorite foods. Eating a balanced diet can help prevent bone loss in teeth, as well as improve overall health.

2.) Stop Further Tooth Loss

If you've already lost one tooth, you're likely to lose more if you don't fill in the empty space with an implant. Your teeth are supported by roots deep in your jawbone, as well as nearby teeth. However, teeth can loosen and fall out if they don't have enough support.

The best way to prevent tooth loss is to fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants. During your consultation, our dentist will be able to determine whether you're a candidate for the dental implant procedure.

3.) Prevent Cavities

To protect your oral health, you'll need to get in the habit of brushing twice a day and flossing once daily. However, it can be hard trying to resume your oral hygiene routine after tooth loss. Teeth adjacent to the empty socket will tilt toward the open space, making it more difficult to brush and floss.

4.) Avoid Gum Disease

An empty socket in your gums will trap food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Over time, untreated dental plaque will increase your risk for gingivitis or even periodontal disease. Fortunately, you have the power to stop gum disease with dental implants.

5.) Prevent Jawbone Deterioration

Unlike other tooth replacement options, a dental implant acts much like a natural tooth root to stimulate jawbone tissue. Your jawbone needs pressure from tooth roots to stay healthy. Otherwise, your jawbone will start to deteriorate and could even lead to facial collapse.

Many people with dentures experience jaw shrinkage, which drastically alters the shape of their face and overall appearance. The sooner you ask your dentist about dental implant surgery, the sooner you'll be able to protect your oral health. If you don't have sufficient jawbone tissue, your dentist may recommend a bone graft to support dental implants.

Dr. Spraggins DDS and his team can help restore your smile after tooth loss with dental implants and other tooth replacement options. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call River Valley Dental at (616) 363-5677.