When you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, one of the best ways to regain your full smile is by getting dental implants. Getting your dental implants can restore your confidence and make you feel great about your appearance.
What you might not know is that, along with enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, dental implants also come with many oral and systemic health benefits. Alireza Panahpour, DDS, from The Systemic Dentist in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, recommends dental implants to improve your bone and tooth health, speech, and even eating patterns.
Discover from Dr. Panahpour how dental implants improve your oral health in a multitude of ways.
How dental implants work
Dental implants permanently replace any missing teeth in your mouth. Once fitted and inserted into your mouth, dental implants look and function exactly like a natural tooth.
Unlike dentures, you never need to remove a dental implant, and dental implants are longer-lasting, more natural-looking, and better for your oral health than dental bridges. Dr. Panahpour carefully fits and inserts your dental implants over your several visits to his office.
The health benefits you get from dental implants
Along with giving you an effortless, natural-looking smile, your dental implants come with several benefits to your health.
Improved bone health
Every time you bite on your teeth, your jaw bone gets stimulated, keeping the bone healthy and strong. Without a tooth, you risk deterioration and bone loss in your jaw.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that actively stimulates your jaw. This is because Dr. Panahpour anchors your implant to your jaw bone.
Your dental implants also help preserve your remaining teeth. When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth have to put more work in to chew your food and can also move and shift out of place.
Getting dental implants prevents your teeth from shifting so they chew just like regular teeth. They lower the risk of your other teeth breaking, wearing down, or decaying prematurely.
You’ll have an easier time speaking with dental implants than with missing teeth or dentures. A dental implant restores your original speech, which might have gotten mumbly, slurred, or uncomfortable.
Easier and more comfortable eating
You can have a harder time chewing without a full mouth of teeth and might find yourself avoiding certain foods or noticing your other teeth wearing down from chewing more using them. Dentures and dental bridges also can make it harder for you to eat certain foods.
With dental implants, you can comfortably chew and eat all of your favorite foods again. You won’t have to worry about your implant breaking or moving out of place while you eat.
For many people, getting dental implants improves their self-esteem and gives their mental health a boost. You’ll no longer feel self-conscious about your smile, awkward speech patterns, or dietary limitations from chewing issues, which leads to an increase in your confidence and self-image.
If you’re missing teeth and looking for an effective, permanent solution that boosts your oral health along with your smile, dental implants might be for you. To determine if dental implants are a good fit, schedule your consultation at The Systemic Dentist by calling our office.