Is it purely cosmetic? Health advantages of having a dental implant fitted
Be it veneers, implants or invisible braces, when it comes to cosmetic dental care, chances are that you have at least heard of a couple of these procedures.
And, while you may have looked through a photographic library of pictures of ‘before’ and ‘after’ in relation to a cosmetic dental procedure, there are many real-world health advantages to oral cosmetic treatment.
In this article, we will be looking briefly at some of the real-world health benefits of having oral implants fitted; they are far from a purely cosmetic procedure.
Because our team knows that there is much more to having a dental implant in Melbourne fitted than just the prosthetic tooth that is going to be attached. We have seen countless times how this restorative treatment can enhance someone’s life and can talk to you about how this treatment can alleviate a myriad of issues you may not have realised were related.
Read on for 5 health advantages of having a dental implant in Melbourne fitted.
It may sound odd to consider that having a missing tooth can lead to worse oral hygiene; how can something be attacked by plaque and bacteria if it isn’t there?
If you have a missing tooth, it is more likely that you will miss the spot where the tooth once was when you brush, allowing plaque to accumulate and cause inflammation. A dental implant in Melbourne prevents the build-up of plaque on the gums with its very presence, while also stopping bacteria from latching onto surrounding natural teeth.
If you have lost a tooth or teeth, chances are that you have had to cut a few things out of your diet, especially if the missing tooth is located near the front.
Having an implant fitted can help you regain the strength of your bite and grip, allowing you to bite into a wider range of nutritious foods; you will even be able to bite into raw nuts without worry!
Focusing on the cosmetic aspects of implants distract from the functional aspect; our teeth are the first step of digestion and with a missing tooth or teeth, it is harder to bite into and to grind food correctly.
This in turn can cause a myriad of gastrointestinal issues, such as acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion. As implants allow you to chew food thoroughly, tummy worries will soon become a thing of the past post-fitting.
Missing teeth can lead to nocturnal grinding as your muscles soften when you sleep, which can worsen those all-important 40 winks. Nocturnal grinding leads to jaw pain, headaches and even migraines- not a great way to start the day!
Implants allow the upper and lower jaws to fit together as they need to, allowing you to sleep properly and awake feeling refreshed.
A mouth full of teeth (even with the odd implant) has been linked to better general health; fewer instances of cancer and a lowered risk of suffering from a stroke.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.