Tooth loss doesn't have to cause lasting changes to your smile. Dental implants offer the ideal way to preserve your oral health and your appearance. Drs. Ben Baldwin and Stuart Baldwin, your Madisonville, KY, dentists at Baldwin Dental Group, explain how dental implants can benefit you.
Dental implants provide a long-lasting solution
Bridges and dentures eventually have to be replaced, but with proper care, your dental implant can last a lifetime. Implants are constructed of titanium, a biocompatible material that can bond to bone. Once your implant fuses to your jawbone, it's there to stay. At the end of the bonding process, your Madisonville, KY dentist attaches an artificial tooth to the top of the implant, which will allow you to chew and bite normally.
Dental implants offer oral health benefits
When you lose a tooth, changes gradually begin to occur in your jawbone. Without the constant stimulation from your tooth roots, the bone weakens and shrinks. If you've lost multiple teeth, the effect is more pronounced. Eventually, you may experience further tooth loss and facial sagging. Because your dental implant stimulates the bone the same way your roots once did, you'll never have to worry about these problems.
Implants also reduce your risk of tooth decay. When you lose a tooth, surrounding teeth start to drift toward the gap in your mouth in an attempt to fill it. As they drift, they overlap, making it difficult to removing cavity-causing plaque from every part of your tooth. Dental implants keep your teeth straight and easy to clean.
Tooth loss can affect your ability to chew food thoroughly. In some cases, you may have to give up certain foods. When you choose a dental implant, chewing won't be a problem.
Are you interested in learning more about dental implants? Call Drs. Ben or Stuart Baldwin, your Madisonville, KY dentists at Baldwin Dental Group, at (270) 245-1547 to schedule an appointment to find out if implants are a good choice for you. Improve your smile with dental implants!