Why Teeth Replacements are Good for Your Oral Health

If we asked you if you would want to lose a tooth, you would probably say “no.” Yet, a surprising number of people are comfortable not replacing a lost tooth. This is because the changes that occur from gaps in the smile are subtle enough that someone can ignore them.

Make no mistake: tooth loss affects your oral health, replacing them benefits your overall health in several ways.

Better Chewing

Chewing your food with a full smile is the first step in a healthy digestion process. If you cannot chew properly as a result of lost teeth, you could experience uncomfortable indigestion, an inability to receive proper nutrition, and facial soreness as the jaw muscles are overworked. Additionally, patients who have difficulty chewing food often engage in a diet high in softer foods, many of which have acidic or sugary content that threatens the health of their remaining teeth.

Replacing lost teeth allows you to chew normally once again. While no restoration in dentistry offers bite force equal to that of natural teeth, dental implants are extremely close.

Preserving the Jaw’s Health

When a tooth is lost, the portion of the jaw that once supported the root will shrink. The body reabsorbs the tissue unless the bone has something new to support. This shrinking causes both the cosmetic issue of creating an older-than-natural appearance and the health concern of shifting neighboring teeth out of alignment.

Replacing a tooth with a dental implant gives the jaw new stimulation, putting a halt to the jawbone resorption process. The earlier implants are placed, the more bone volume is preserved.

Oral-Systemic Connection

Several years ago, health organizations such as the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Diabetes Association decided to research a potential link between gum disease, one of the main causes of tooth loss, and diabetes. Not only did this research discover a correlation between the two conditions, but several other studies broadened the range of related health conditions from heart disease to stroke.

To put it simply, having fewer teeth in your smile means having a greater risk of developing these conditions, and replacing any lost teeth helps keep that risk low.

Contact Us for Restorative Dental Care

Dental Professionals of Jersey City provide dental implant treatment to Downtown, Exchange Place, Harborside, and all other neighborhoods of Jersey City. Call us today to learn more about how we help you restore your lost smile.

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