Dental implants are a popular choice for tooth replacement because of their outstanding benefits. They are convenient to maintain, offer secure tooth function, and look like your natural teeth. However, these are not the only reasons why Dr. Thomas Villani, our Brighton family dentist, recommends dental implants. Learn about the hidden benefit of dental implants from our Brighton dental office.
The Consequences of Ignoring Missing Teeth
First, your implant dentist will explain the consequences of untreated tooth loss. A missing tooth not only makes chewing and speaking more difficult, but can also have harmful effects for the rest of your teeth. Teeth drifting, malocclusion, and excessive tooth wear are common side effects of untreated tooth loss. One little known, yet devastating, consequence of tooth loss is jawbone deterioration.
Keeping Your Jawbone Healthy
Your tooth roots provide stimulation to your jawbone as you chew. This stimulation sends signals to your brain to tell your body your jawbone needs nutrients. The cycle keeps your jawbone healthy and strong. If you have a missing tooth, your jawbone no longer receives the chewing stimulation it needs to stay healthy and your jaw will begin to deteriorate.
Dental Implants Help You Avoid Jawbone Shrinkage
Dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration by replacing the chewing stimulation provided by your tooth root. Using a biocompatible titanium rod, the dental implant bonds to your jawbone. This not only provides security with chewing and speaking, but also prevents dental health issues like teeth drifting and misaligned bite from missing teeth.
Brighton Dental Implants
If you are interested in replacing missing teeth and avoiding jawbone deterioration, contact our dental office in Brighton. You can schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Villani by calling Brighton Family Dental Group at (617) 562-5210. We proudly serve patients from Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Brighton, and the 02135 area.