If you have lost one or more teeth, there are many tooth replacement options, but dental implants are the best options for your overall health. Since the Top Down Dental approach focuses on dental care that is good for your entire body, we recommend dental implants for most people. Here’s why.
Eat Healthy Foods
Dental implants are the tooth replacement option that functions most like your natural teeth. This means that you can eat a full range of foods, including raw fruits and vegetables. Since some vegetables lose their nutrition when cooked, this means that you can still get all the nutrition your body needs.
And because your taste won’t be affected, as it can sometimes be by dentures, you will still enjoy foods you eat, which also helps encourage a rounded diet.
No Unnatural Pressures
Your gums aren’t really a support structure, but when you eat with dentures that don’t have dental implants, your gums are being asked to support your teeth. This can cause irritation and even injury to your gums.
But dental implants support themselves the way your natural teeth do, in your bones. That avoids gum soreness and injury.
The jawbone supports your teeth, but your teeth also support your jawbone. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that do this for your jawbone.
With dentures and dental bridges, your jawbone can be removed by your body, which thinks the bone is no longer needed.
Same Old Brush and Floss
Another advantage of dental implants is that they don’t require any special care. You just brush and floss normally, although maybe a little more gently around the implant. Oh, and make your regular dental visits.
With dentures, you have to rinse them regularly to avoid the accumulation of food and bacteria that can get trapped against your gums, causing irritation and infection. And with a dental bridge, you have to clean under the artificial tooth, the pontic, which can be challenging.
Dental implants are also the best tooth replacement for supporting a healthy bite. Because dental implants support themselves, they are capable of distributing bite force properly, without causing extra stress on your natural teeth.
This not only helps you chew better, but it helps you avoid TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder, which can cause symptoms like headaches, jaw pain, and more.
The Best Tooth Replacement Option
Having looked at all these benefits, we hope you can see that the choice of dental implants is not just a cosmetic one–it’s about your health, too.