Dental implants are the best tooth-replacement option on the market—hands down. And if you have loose or missing teeth, our doctors at SF Oral Surgery in San Francisco can use dental implants to provide you with restored oral function and a natural-looking smile. From one replacement tooth to an entirely new set of teeth, our doctors can use dental implants to improve more than your oral health—they can improve your overall health as well.
It may come as a surprise, but your oral health is directly related to your overall physical health. Not only that, but dental professionals like our doctors can diagnose chronic health conditions just by examining your mouth!
Our doctors want to make sure that their San Francisco patients are well informed about the various benefits of any procedure they might choose, so this blog will discuss three of the best ways dental implants can truly improve your overall health.
1. Dental Implants Can Protect You Against Chronic Health Conditions
As we mentioned above, your oral health is directly related to your overall physical health. When you choose to replace your loose or missing teeth with dental implants, you’re investing in your overall health by protecting yourself from chronic health conditions such as heart disease and dementia. In fact, there is a proven correlation between poor oral health and poor heart health, as well as a correlation between diseases of the gums and dementia. Research has shown that patients who have severe gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) score lower on memory tests than those who have good oral health.
Choosing dental implants as your tooth replacement option prevents periodontal disease and therefore prevents the spread of oral-based infection throughout the body, which in turn reduces the risk of chronic health conditions.
2. Dental Implants Can Improve Your Periodontal Health
Periodontal disease is a very common reason for loose or missing teeth among San Francisco men and women. In fact, once you experience periodontal disease, your risk for recurrence increases. Therefore, if you have loose or missing teeth as a result of periodontal disease, our doctors strongly recommend dental implants to replace them. Dental implants protect your gums and jawbone from collecting debris and bacteria, which are the main culprits of periodontal disease. And once this oral infection sets in, it will spread throughout your body if left untreated. When you choose our doctors to place dental implants after tooth loss, you’ll ultimately be protecting your overall health by restoring your periodontal health.
3. Dental Implants Will Protect Your Jawbone and the Shape of Your Face
Did you know that when you have loose or missing teeth, the shape of your face will eventually suffer? One of the most important jobs of our tooth roots is to provide stimulation to our jawbone. Tooth roots tell the jawbone to keep working and to stay strong and healthy. When the jawbone loses that stimulation, it essentially begins to give up. There’s no longer a tooth there to try and hold onto, so it begins to deteriorate and weaken. As this occurs, the shape of the face changes. San Francisco men and women who have many missing teeth will eventually begin to notice their jawline cave in.
These facial changes negatively affect many people from a mental health standpoint as they become insecure and less confident. But when you choose our doctors to place dental implants, your jawbone and the shape of your face will both be protected as the implant will provide the jawbone with the needed stimulation to keep it strong and healthy.
Choose Our Doctors at SF Oral Surgery for Dental Implants
Now that you know how important it is to replace loose or missing teeth as soon as possible so you can protect your overall health, don’t hesitate to call our doctors in San Francisco to schedule your initial consultation. They and their entire team are ready to walk with you every step of the way.