When you have a missing tooth or teeth, you will want a way to restore your smile to its former glory without being too obvious. And in years gone by, the only way to achieve this was using dentures or a bridge. But thanks to advances in dental technology, you can now get those gaps in your smile filled using a more permanent option known as an oral implant.
Affixed to your jaw via surgery and osseointegration, dental implants Bondi Junction provides a more stable option when it comes to restoring missing teeth. And although they are considered a purely cosmetic option, there are many real health advantages to having them fitted. In this article, some of those benefits are discussed, so enjoy!
Better general health
There have been a wealth of studies that have found the link between excessive plaque in your mouth and higher rates of cardiovascular issues, strokes, cancer and even diabetes.
And if you have gaps in your mouth due to missing teeth, you are at a higher risk of having excessive amounts of plaque. As oral implants close these gaps, they reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and allow you to retain better general health.
If you have missing teeth, you likely avoid harder foods as you simply don’t have the tools required to bite into and chew them correctly. But as oral implants are held in place and feel like your real teeth, you will no longer have to avoid certain foods and you can begin indulging in healthier foods which are often harder, such as raw vegetables, raw fruits and nuts. Tasty and nutritious!
Better dental health
As mentioned earlier, gaps in your smile can accumulate plaque and bacteria. This does not only have an impact on your general health, but your dental health will likely be affected as well.
This is because an excessive amount of plaque in your mouth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, which will inevitably lead to longer-term issues with your teeth. By having tooth implants fitted, you are closing these gaps and ensuring that any natural surrounding teeth are protected against plaque and bacteria accumulation.
It is an interesting phenomenon that many people who have missing teeth often report having broken sleep or waking up with headaches or migraines in the morning. This is due to nocturnal grinding, which is caused when your upper and lower jaw does not meet and, as your facial muscles relax as you fall asleep, this can lead to grinding of the jaws. When you have oral implants fitted, it is likely that as these grinding causing gaps are filled, you will experience better sleep, fewer tense muscles and as a result fewer headaches or migraines.
And finally, it cannot be overlooked that oral implants can boost the appearance of your smile.
As the crowns, dentures or bridges which are attached to the implant can blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, your smile can be restored to its former glory without anybody realising that you have had this procedure performed. Brilliant!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.