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Positively Thankful: 4 Reasons to be Grateful for Dental Implants

November 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwhite @ 5:23 pm
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If you have ever had a missing tooth, you know how it can affect not only your oral health but your sense of confidence and ability to connect with people. Having a complete smile to flash brightly at people makes your life happier and theirs!  One of the most common tooth solutions that people are grateful for is dental implants. But did you know they positively impact your life in more ways than just replacing your pearly whites? Read on from your dentist to discover four reasons to be thankful for dental implants.

#1. Dental Implants Replicate Your Natural Teeth

One of the most amazing things about dental implants is how they replace the entire tooth structure, including the root. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, the implants are embedded into your jawbone using a titanium post. With time, your jawbone naturally grows around the posts, which forms a bond that is as strong as your natural teeth! Dental implants not only offer the aesthetical benefit of looking like your natural teeth, but they are also fully functional.

#2. Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Loss

Missing teeth impact more than just the look of your smile; they can affect your oral health. When there is an empty space in your mouth, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. Dental implants restore the entirety of your teeth, all the way down to the bone, which returns your full bite power. This stimulates your entire jawbone, preventing any further deterioration.

#3. Dental Implants Help You to Look More Youthful

Your teeth provide you with the ability to enjoy delicious food and smile brightly at people, but did you know they also keep you looking younger? Your teeth provide shape and structure to your face. Even one missing tooth can cause your teeth to shift and bone loss to occur. When the lower part of your face starts to diminish, it can cause excess wrinkles and gradual sagging. Your dental implant restores the shape of your visage by replacing your teeth and, as stated above, prevents bone loss. It helps to support the adjacent teeth around it, causing a stable structure for your face. This equals a complete smile, plus a more youthful look!

#4. Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime

While dental bridges and dentures can only last around ten years, dental implants can literally last your lifetime! Since the titanium posts inserted into your jaw are biocompatible with your body (meaning nontoxic and accepted by your body), it fully integrates into your mouth. If you maintain a proper oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist for your biannual checkups and exams, you can expect your dental implant to last to its fullest life span.

It’s the time of the year to give thanks. One of those things to be grateful for can be the benefits dental implants can have on your smile and overall life!

About the Author

Dr. Melanie White and her team at Maple Grove Family Dental serve the smiles of Evansville and the surrounding areas. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and has been providing personalized and gentle dental care at Maple Grove Family Dental since 2006.  With a focus on artistry using state-of-the-art dental implants, she can help you get the complete smile you dream of! If you are interested in learning about dental implants or any other tooth loss solutions, contact her through her website or call (608) 882-4860.

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