June is Men’s National Health Month, and there’s no better way to improve your overall health than to focus on your oral health. If you’ve recently lost teeth as the result of an accident or untreated gum disease, it’s time to consider replacing them with dental implants. Neglecting to replace lost teeth can be detrimental to your oral health and can result in decreased oral function, changes in appearance and loss of tissue in the jaw bone. Fortunately, dental implant placement can improve your overall oral health in the following ways.
1. Restore Full Dental Function
When you’re missing teeth, eating certain foods (especially crunchy, sticky or chewy foods) becomes more difficult. Fortunately, implants can restore full dental function so you can go back to eating a varied diet. When you have the ability to eat a variety of foods, you’re more likely to give your body the nutrition it needs to function well.
2. Support Jaw Bone Health
Did you know your jaw bone begins to degrade soon after a tooth is lost? When a tooth root is no longer present to stimulate bone growth, the affected area weakens and bone volume is lost. Over time, degradation can become so pronounced that it alters the appearance of the jaw and face. Dental implants can prevent this from happening because each implant post acts like a tooth root and provides the bone with healthy stimulation.
3. Avoid Bite Changes
Your bite can change after you lose one or more teeth and the remaining teeth slowly move to fill in the gap. As the teeth move, gaps between them increase and can trap food and bacteria that are detrimental to oral health. Dental implants can prevent these problems by filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth and keeping your remaining teeth in their proper places.
Schedule a Consultation
Celebrate National Health Month by making a commitment to replace lost teeth and improve your oral health. Contact South Hills Dental Arts in Pittsburgh, PA today to set up a consultation!