How Do Dental Implants Improve Long-Term Oral Health?

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Did you know that losing one or more of your natural teeth could lead to long-term consequences for the health and beauty of your smile? Often, preventing issues like the onset of an aged appearance means placing one or multiple dental implants. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist explains the benefits of dental implants.

The Collapse of Your Smile

First, let’s talk about what could happen following the loss of several natural teeth. The body regularly provides doses of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone, keeping it strong and fortified. However, when we lose a tooth the body stops sending these nutrients to the jawbone around the lost root. Over time, this means the bone tissue loses mass and density, leading to further tooth loss and facial collapse, in which you develop sunken cheeks and other signs of serious aging.

Dental Implant Benefits

A dental implant is a biocompatible titanium post that we insert into the jawbone. The body will see it as a natural root, and begin providing doses of calcium and phosphorus once again, stimulating the growth of bone tissue. This not only supports the new tooth, but preserves facial structure. As a result, your new tooth could last for decades, possibly even a lifetime, with proper care and attention! We then attach a crown to each individual implant to provide the visible portion of your new tooth, ensuring it looks great and blends with your smile, as we can tint it to match surrounding teeth.

What If I’ve Lost Most of My Teeth?

While we can replace a single lost tooth one at a time, what if you have lost several teeth? In these instances, our team will insert multiple posts onto each arch, using them to affix a bridge, partial or full denture. You then enjoy tooth replacement that lasts decades and a prosthetic that never slips and doesn’t need to be removed for cleaning or soaking. If you have any questions about treating tooth loss, or about the benefits of dental implants, then contact our team today. Don’t let missing teeth cause problems for your overall quality of life. We will examine your smile and see if this is the best option to fill the gaps and help you smile with confidence!

Does Your Smile Need Implant Dentistry?

We want to return your smile to full function and health, and ensure you feel eager and proud to show off your new teeth! You can eat your favorite foods once again, and avoid facial collapse and other complications related to tooth loss. To learn more about our approach to addressing missing teeth, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.