By Kenneth Krause, DMD
August 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants don't just close the gap in your teeth after you've lost a tooth but also keep your smile healthy. Dr. Kenneth Krause and dental implantsDr. Katie Krause, your Westfield, IN, dentists, explain the many benefits of implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small posts that replace the roots of a missing tooth. During the first part of the implant process, your dentist places the post in your jawbone. Since the implants are made of titanium, a metal that bonds well to bone, they eventually become just as strong as your natural roots. Implants anchor a crown, an artificial tooth that you'll use to bite and chew.

Implants keep your jaw strong

Your roots don't just anchor your teeth, but also keep your jawbone strong. Roots constantly stimulate the bone by exerting pressure on it. Once you lose a tooth, your jawbone no longer receives that constant stimulation. Eventually, the bone underneath the missing tooth begins to recede and weaken. Facial sagging and further tooth loss can occur as the bone shrinks. The problem is more pronounced if you lose several teeth. Since dental implants replace your roots, they continue to provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain strong.

Implants reduce your cavity risk

Have you ever removed a pencil from a full box and noticed that the remaining pencils no long stay perfectly upright? The same thing can happen to your teeth if you lose a tooth. Your teeth help to support each other. When one is lost, nearby teeth may begin to drift toward the opening, overlapping as they shift. Because it's difficult to clean plaque from these overlapping areas, your risk of tooth decay may increase if your teeth move. Your surrounding teeth are unaffected when you choose a dental implant,

Dental implants make biting and chewing easy

Biting and chewing can become difficult after tooth loss. Dental implants restore your chewing and biting ability, making it easy to eat again.

Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call Dr. Kenneth Krause and Dr. Katie Krause, your Westfield, IN, dentists, at (317) 399-9329 to schedule an appointment. Keep your smile healthy with dental implants!