Ace Dental

23 March 2018

Are dental implants purely cosmetic?

The quick answer is no. In fact, they play an important role in maintaining good jawbone health. What you really need to understand is why.

Take a moment to imagine a toothless, gummy smile. It’s easy to think that this is the product of long-term neglect and poor dental hygiene. However, did you know that this could happen as the knock on effect of just one missing tooth? Luckily here at Ace Dental in Camden, dental implants are something we know a thing or two about.

Jawbones have a tendency to deteriorate without the stimulation of tooth roots. Teeth themselves actually allow jawbones to maintain their healthy density. Scientists have in fact proven that the stimulation of day-to-day chewing keeps our jawbone tissue strong. This spells bad news when teeth are lost.

What happens when you lose a tooth?

Lack of stimulation to the bone surrounding a lost tooth will result in a reduction of bone density with terrible knock on effects. Once this happens, neighboring teeth are often put at increased risk of deterioration, misplacement and are likely to follow the fate of their missing partner. Without proper dental attention one missing tooth can lead to two, which can lead to four. You can see the pattern here.

How can you prevent the dreaded gummy smile?

Luckily having dental implants in Camden can help prevent the downward slope towards a toothless smile. Dental implants can actually halt bone loss in your jawbone.

Small, titanium, screw-shaped implants are surgically embedded at the site of your missing tooth. Titanium has the amazing ability to work with your body. It encourages the surrounding bone to naturally bond with the new implant, fusing together as one. The implant then mimics the missing tooth, stimulating the surrounding bone with your natural daily chewing.

This secures the implant in place and with proper care and maintenance, means it can last you a lifetime.

At Ace Dental in Camden, dental implants are a great choice for tooth replacement. Let our experienced team give you the advice and treatment you need to keep a youthful, confident smile. Call us today to book an assessment.

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