Dental Durability: 3 Ways Dental Implants Improve Your Livelihood

December 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — periotexas @ 5:36 pm
Grayscale, 3D image of a dental implant in a lower arch

If you’re looking to replace a lost tooth and are considering dental implants, then you probably already know about some of the benefits. Of the various tooth restoration options, they’re unique in that they both look and function like natural teeth. Did you know, though, that they can also extend your life and enhance your well-being? Keep reading to learn 3 ways that dental implants contribute to your longevity!

#1: Prevent Additional Tooth Loss

It may come as a surprise to learn that tooth loss is associated with your livelihood, but studies have revealed that adults who lose 5 or more teeth by age 65 are more likely to develop heart conditions, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other conditions. These health concerns can seriously impact your overall well-being. For instance, heart disease is listed as the leading cause of death in our nation and can be linked to your oral status. Seniors who keep all their teeth by the time they turn 74, meanwhile, are much more likely to live to be 100.

Dental implants can reduce the chances of developing one of these problems because they prevent additional tooth loss. When a pearly white falls out, your body reabsorbs bone mass from your jaw that’s no longer necessary to support it. Over time, your jawbone can become so weak that it can no longer maintain your teeth. Fortunately, your restoration includes a titanium rod inserted in place of a root and stimulates your jaw when you bite down or chew. As a result, your jawbone doesn’t decay, and your pearly whites remain intact.

#2: Deter Gum Disease

Gum disease is particularly dangerous because symptoms often aren’t noticed until it reaches later stages and irreversible damage has been done. Then, the infection can penetrate your bloodstream and travel to other organs throughout your body causing a host of issues. Specifically, it’s been associated with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, lung infections, Alzheimer’s, and infertility problems.

Some replacement teeth like dentures and dental bridges allow this disease to develop more readily because they sit flush against your gums where bacteria can thrive. Dental implants, however, can be brushed and flossed just like your natural pearly whites to prevent gingivitis in the first place.

#3: Encourage a Healthy Diet

One of the biggest problems with edentulism (having one or more missing teeth), is that it’s harder to chew your food and so your menu becomes more limited. On top of that, if you are unable to break your food down into small enough pieces to be easily digested, you could end up with gastrointestinal issues.

Fortunately, because dental implants are so firmly planted in your jaw, they can restore 70% or more of your chewing ability. You’ll still be able to enjoy well-rounded meals that contain the nutrients you need to support all your bodily functions.

With so many advantages, it’s easy to see how dental implants contribute to a long and happy life!

About the Author

Dr. Amjad Almasri has 20+ years of experience providing a wide range of oral health services and has placed thousands of dental implants throughout his career. He received his postgraduate education in periodontics and IV sedation at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, where he also obtained a Master of Science in Dentistry. He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Damascus University and now is a Diplomate of the Board of Periodontology. If you’re interested in dental implants, he’s an expert who can help! You’re welcome to request a consultation on the website or by calling (817) 737-2594.

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