Dental implants are, hands down, the best option for replacing lost teeth, partly because they are healthier than other options. Here are five reasons that make dental implants healthier than other tooth replacement options.
You Can Eat Healthy Foods
Although dentures certainly can be made to fit and function well, most of the time they don’t. This can make it hard for you to eat healthy foods. Not only are meats like steak a challenge, but raw fruits and vegetables may just be off the menu for you. This can prevent you from getting the balanced nutrition you need to stay healthy. Instead, you may rely more on heavily processed foods that are high in fats, salt, and sugar.
But dental implants can function just as well as your natural teeth, allowing you to eat a full range of foods. And because dental implants don’t over your palate the way dentures do, you will enjoy food more, which will encourage experimentation and even greater–and healthier–variety.
No Unnatural Pressures
Dental implants support themselves your natural teeth do: in your jawbones. So they stay strong the way they’re supposed to. Dentures, on the other hand, are supported by sitting on your gums. Since your gums aren’t really capable of supporting your teeth, the resulting pressure can be painful or even cause gum injury and bone loss.
Speaking of bone loss, some amount of bone loss always occurs when you have dentures. Sure, your jaw supports your teeth, but your teeth also stimulate your jaw. Once the teeth are gone, the bone can be removed by your body, which thinks the bone is no longer necessary.
But dental implants keep stimulating your jawbone, so you maintain more bone there.
Same Old Brush and Floss
Dental implants are just like your natural teeth when it comes to care and maintenance. All you have to do is brush and floss them like usual. Make your regular dental appointments and the cycle of care is complete.
But dentures require additional care, such as rinsing after every meal, that can be forgotten and neglected. When that happens, you are at greater risk for gum disease and other oral infections.
Dental implants aren’t just capable of supporting the gums and jawbone around them. They are also capable of providing full support for your bite. They are capable of holding your jaw in a healthy position for your temporomandibular joint, which can help you avoid temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).
A healthy bite also allows for the force of chewing to be evenly distributed in your mouth. This means that if you have any natural teeth left, they won’t be at an increased risk of damage–your dental implants will bear their share of the load.
The Best Tooth Replacement Option
So, if you’re looking for the healthiest (as well as the most attractive) tooth replacement option, then dental implants are the right option for you.
To schedule a consultation about dental implants in the Orlando area, please call (407) 834-6446 for an appointment with an implant dentist at the office of Dr. Michael J. Weinstock in Altamonte Springs.