Everyone wants to have a complete, attractive smile, which is why many people focus so much on the cosmetic benefits of replacing missing teeth. But the advantages of filling in those gaps go so much further! Not only can dental implants in Mankato improve your appearance and boost your confidence, but they can also deliver significant benefits for your overall health.
Reduced Risk of Gum Disease
When you have one or more missing teeth, your other pearly whites may eventually shift out of alignment. This movement changes the way your teeth fit together and may make it more difficult to clean some areas of your mouth. If you miss certain area or do not brush or for an extended period of time, it is likely that you will develop gum disease.
When gum disease advances to its later stages, it presents a significant risk to your overall health. It has been shown to be a risk factor in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, preterm birth, and other serious conditions. Since dental implants stop your remaining natural teeth from moving out of their proper positions, they can help you to maintain healthy gums.
Reduced Risk of TMJ Disorders
A well-aligned, comfortable bite is an essential ingredient in keeping your TMJ (temporomandibular joints – which join your mandible to the rest of your skull) in good shape. Missing teeth can throw your bite out of alignment, placing extra strain on the TMJ and leading to a significant amount of pain. TMJ Disorders can also cause chronic headaches, the sensation of lockjaw, and odd clicking noises in the jaw.
Your dentist in Mankato crafts beautiful restorations to go on top of your implants. These restorations are designed to fit well with your remaining natural teeth, creating a bite that is well-aligned to the point where the risk of a TMJ disorder is minimal.
Reduced Bone Loss
Tooth loss leads to bone loss. In fact, in the first year after an extraction, up to 25 percent of the bone around the missing tooth may disappear.
Implants act similarly to natural tooth roots, bonding with your jaw and stimulating blood flow to the area. They thereby prevent bone loss and preserve your jaw’s shape and strength. Keep in mind, though, that implants are not a foolproof solution for bone loss; you have to take care of your new teeth to prevent an infection from wearing away at the bone around them. You should always be sure to:
- Visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams.
- Brush and floss regularly. If you have an implant-supported bridge or denture, you may have to thread the floss under the restorations.
- Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash.
If you would like to experience the wonders of dental implants in Mankato for yourself, your dentist would be happy to evaluate your candidacy. We hope you have a healthier, happier, more smile-filled future ahead of you!
About the Dentist
Dr. James Kalina cares about his patients oral and overall health, which is why he recommends implants to anyone who is a good candidate for them. If you would like to learn more about how implants may benefit you, please contact our office at 507-489-4533.