Why Get Dental Implants?

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Tooth loss is a common and pervasive oral health problem that affects over 50 percent of Americans. While there is certainly nothing to be embarrassed about, it is nevertheless very important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Tooth loss can lead to other oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even further tooth loss. It can also result in bone loss and the premature wrinkling of the skin around the jawline. Not all treatments are made equal, however; only dental implants can comprehensively address the many threats to your dental wellbeing. That’s why our Charlotte, NC, patients choose dental implants to replace their missing teeth.


The Dental Implant System

A missing tooth can leave behind a large gap between your teeth, often difficult to clean out because of irregular surfaces that are hard to reach with a brush. These gaps can act as ‘food traps’ when we eat, since food debris can become wedged within the space. Left-over food, especially any that’s carbohydrate-heavy, attracts dangerous bacteria that turn carbohydrates into an acid that can strip our teeth from the vital minerals that protect them. As a result, tooth loss is connected to a higher risk of dental infection — e.g. tooth decay and gum disease.

Booth tooth decay and gum disease can spread, and very well will if they are not treated as soon as possible. Tooth decay, otherwise known as cavities or dental caries, can seep through the tooth, threatening its viability and ultimately forcing dental extractions. Similarly, gum disease can spread throughout your gums, eventually reaching the underlying bone and leading to further tooth loss.

By eliminating the gap in your smile, a dental implant can help protect your teeth from these terrible oral ailments. What makes the implant an especially convenient solution is the fact that, unlike removable dentures, it is incredibly easy to maintain. Like a natural tooth, you merely need to regularly brush, floss, and regularly visit the dentist for cleanings. No special instructions, no additional hygienic routine — implants make it easy, so that you can enjoy your gorgeous, healthy smile.


Protecting You From Dental Infection

A missing tooth can leave behind a large gap between your teeth, often difficult to clean out because of irregular surfaces that are hard to reach with a brush. These gaps can act as ‘food traps’ when we eat, since food debris can become wedged within the space. Left-over food, especially any that’s carbohydrate-heavy, attracts dangerous bacteria that turn carbohydrates into an acid that can strip our teeth from the vital minerals that protect them. As a result, tooth loss is connected to a higher risk of dental infection — e.g. tooth decay and gum disease.

Booth tooth decay and gum disease can spread, and very well will if they are not treated as soon as possible. Tooth decay, otherwise known as cavities or dental caries, can seep through the tooth, threatening its viability and ultimately forcing dental extractions. Similarly, gum disease can spread throughout your gums, eventually reaching the underlying bone and leading to further tooth loss.

By eliminating the gap in your smile, a dental implant can help protect your teeth from these terrible oral ailments. What makes the implant an especially convenient solution is the fact that, unlike removable dentures, it is incredibly easy to maintain. Like a natural tooth, you merely need to regularly brush, floss, and regularly visit the dentist for cleanings. No special instructions, no additional hygienic routine — implants make it easy, so that you can enjoy your gorgeous, healthy smile.


How Untreated Tooth Loss Causes Bone Loss

One vital function our natural teeth perform is stimulating the bone regeneration process within our jaw. Every time we eat, speak, or use our jaw in any way, the movement creates energy and force that our teeth transmit down to the jawbone. This pressure creates microscopic tears in our bone tissue, which the jaw then repairs by creating new bone tissue to take its place. This process is crucial for the health of the jaw, otherwise it will slowly begin to deteriorate.

Without a tooth, there’s nothing to strain the surrounding bone tissue to incite the regeneration process. Instead, the existing tissue will slowly weaken over time and, eventually, the jawbone will shrink in size. If we think the jawbone as a frame that holds up our muscles and skin, we can imagine what jawbone deterioration can do to our appearance. Many patients who have suffered from bone loss take on a ‘sunken’ facial appearance, and it’s not unusual for the skin around the jawline to wrinkle, adding years to your appearance.

Dental implants reproduce the role of teeth in stimulating bone growth. In fact, the process is fundamental to the tooth implant process. Once the implant fixture — the root portion of the implant system — is in place, it will be anchored into place by new bone tissue that grows right up to its surface and through the many holes that decorate its porous exterior. Not only does this serve to permanently fasten the dental implant into the jaw, it also helps repair any damage that may have been caused by tooth loss and it will continue to keep your jaw strong as long as the fixture is in place.


Missing Teeth and Your Emotional Wellbeing

Tooth loss can also affect your emotional health. A missing tooth can be embarrassing and, while unfair, it change how others perceive and treat you. For example, did you know that 73 percent of Americans believe those with imperfect smiles to be untrustworthy? Our teeth are such an important facet of our life that three-in-five Americans prefer a perfect smile over nice, clear skin, and nearly a third of Americans are likely to notice your smile before any other part of your body. As a result, a gap-tooth smile can hurt your self-confidence and your self-image. But, the problem can be much worse still.

According to a study presented at the American Association for Dental Research, patients who are missing teeth have a significantly higher probability of also suffering from anxiety and depression. Similar results have been found by other researchers, as well. It’s important, then, as much for your dental health as your overall health, to replace missing teeth with dental implants as soon as you can, to help avoid many of the adverse conditions associated with it.


Safeguard Your Dental Wellbeing with Dr. Ramesh Sunar

Are you missing one or more teeth? Don’t place your oral health at stake; we highly encourage you to continue exploring our educational website to learn about dental implants and why they may be the right choice for you. If you are ready to take the next step towards a boosted quality of life and a healthy smile, contact our Charlotte, NC, family and implant dentistry practice and schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today: 704-208-5545. Our implant dentistry patients come to us from Greenville, Huntersville, Ashville, Charlotte and Gastonia, NC.