Dental Implants: What will happen without treatment?


man-smiling-300x200Have you suffered from tooth loss? Are you going back and forth on whether or not to seek treatment such as dental implants? If so, you should know that foregoing treatment for tooth loss could have lasting ramifications on your oral health. Without teeth, the entire oral system and your general well-being will suffer. Untreated tooth failure causes bone deterioration and tooth loss. It will also affect your mental and physical wellbeing. Patients with missing teeth have an increased risk for developing vitamin deficiencies because their diets are impacted along with depression and social anxiety. Fortunately, our oral surgeons offer dental implants, which address tooth loss while also supporting oral health structures.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Implants are beneficial for an array of reasons. First, dental implants restore oral function so that patients can speak and eat comfortably. Since these replacement teeth are so durable, all kinds of food can be eaten. The prosthetics attached to implants will keep adjacent teeth upright and prevent them from shifting into the empty sockets of teeth. Dental implants also support bone health by preventing bone atrophy. On a daily basis, these replacement teeth provide patients a very lifelike prosthetic that functions like biological teeth. Those with implants do not have to worry about prosthetic teeth moving during oral function and thus can enjoy speaking and eating with ease. When compared to prosthetics like bridges and dentures, dental implants are much easier to clean. For instance, dentures must be removed from the mouth for brushing and then soaked overnight in a cleansing solution. Bridges are brushed like natural teeth but food and debris typically become trapped underneath them, thus creating a need for another oral hygiene step: the use of a water irrigator, which shoots a stream of water under the bridge to rinse away bacteria and food particles.

How can I find out if dental implants are right for me?

Most of the time, patients with healthy bone mass and healthy gums enjoy a successful implantation process. The best way to know if implants are right for your needs is to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.

Contact us at any of our convenient locations to reserve an appointment.