Every September, the dental community celebrates Dental Implant Awareness Month, and this year is no exception!
This year’s Dental Implant Awareness Month is focused on raising awareness of the various health benefits that dental implants can bring.
The Health Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a common cosmetic dentistry technique and are routinely used to replace missing or badly damaged teeth.
Although dental implants are usually thought of and classified as a cosmetic dental procedure, they also bring some key benefits to your general health and well-being too.
Prevent Unwanted Bite Realignment
Missing teeth cause gaps in your smile, and over time, the surrounding teeth can move gradually into these new gaps and take advantage of the extra space.
This can sometimes cause problems, as it changes your bite and the alignment of your teeth.
If this shift is enough to alter the way your upper and lawyer jaws connect, you may require specialist orthodontist care to correct over or under bite issues that could otherwise have been prevented with the use of a dental implant.
Dental implants help to prevent bite problems from developing by filling the gaps left by missing teeth. This prevents the surrounding teeth from being able to shift into the new gap and keeps your bite from changing.
Preventing Dental Or Oral Injury
Dental implants can help to prevent accidental injuries caused when chewing by restoring structure and shape to your bite.
Those of us who have experienced the development of their wisdom teeth will know that changes in your jaw and the positioning of your teeth can often lead to accidental biting of your cheeks while chewing.
Teeth that have been allowed to shift even only slightly, can cause enough of an alignment change for your bite to feel ‘off’. This can sometimes lead to accidental injuries while chewing, which is unnecessarily painful and inconvenient.
Improved Mental Health
Your mental health is one of the most important aspects of your general well-being, and your mental state has been proven to have an effect on your overall physical health.
There can also be many secondary indirect benefits that arise from the increased confidence and happiness that a great smile can bring to your social and professional interactions.
If missing teeth or a gap in your smile is making you feel anxious or self-conscious, dental implants are a simple dental procedure that are well worth considering.
A well-balanced and healthy diet is the key to maintaining general long-term health.
Missing teeth, especially if you have multiple missing teeth, can cause you to unwittingly change and adapt your diet.
You may find yourself reluctant to eat certain foods or even end up avoiding them entirely if your missing teeth make it harder for you to chew and consume the same foods you used to.
This can lead to an improperly balanced diet.
Dental implants are a long term solution to this, replacing your missing teeth with a long lasting alternative and restoring your ability to consume the foods you may otherwise have cut out.
Do You Need Dental Implants?
If you think you may benefit from dental implants and you would like to discuss your situation with one of our highly experienced dental professionals, call us today at 403-244-2273 to make an appointment with your Rocky Ridge Dental team.