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Can Dental Implants Improve Overall Health?

Posted on 1/15/2020 by Dr. Karl Zeren
Can Dental Implants Improve Overall Health?There are many Americans out there who have at least one missing tooth. In fact, over a third of all Americans are missing at least one tooth. About 10% of Americans are missing all of their teeth. For many Americans, missing teeth is an embarrassment. For other Americans, missing teeth can make life more difficult.

These people might have trouble eating or speaking, because of the missing teeth. One solution to missing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants improve the cosmetic look of your teeth, but do they improve your overall oral health? We have some information for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a way to replace teeth that are lost due to illness or injury. You may have lost teeth because of tooth decay or gum disease. With implants, we can replace teeth that are missing. Instead of bridges or dentures, implants look and feel like functioning teeth. Implants screw into your jaw and anchors the replacement tooth. It is a great way to replace your teeth, but implants do much more.

Because they screw into your jaw, implants allow your gums to function the way that they would normally. This means that blood flow continues to flow into your gums, and your gums don't recede. It also means that your jawbone doesn't deteriorate. When you lose teeth, your jaw believes that you no longer need a strong jaw to anchor your teeth. Your body will begin to remove bone from your jawbone, which weakens it.

Over time, a weak jaw can lead to changes in the shape of your face- which can prematurely age you. Implants restore the look of your jaw, but also its function. In fact, implants are the best solution to your missing teeth and overall oral health. Do you have questions about replacements for your missing teeth? Contact us today about implants.
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