Medically Reviewed by John W. Clemenza, DMD, MD, FACS

March 21, 2024

Dental implants are widely considered to be the new standard for replacing missing teeth. There are numerous reasons for this, starting with the fact that dental implants can provide natural-looking and long-lasting smile restoration.

Additionally, dental implants are unique among tooth replacement options in their ability to preserve your underlying oral health, and even to promote general wellbeing. When you lose a tooth, one of the best ways to prevent further health concerns is to have dental implants placed sooner rather than later.

How Dental Implants Preserve Your Health

Your jawbone requires constant stimulation from a tooth root. Without it, the bone may begin to atrophy. Missing a tooth for an extended period of time leads to jawbone resorption, meaning your body reabsorbs the bone tissue in the jaw.

The shrinking of your jawbone can contribute to a number of significant problems. For example:

  • It can cause the rest of your teeth to shift and misalign, increasing your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and further tooth loss.
  • In turn, gum disease has been linked to various other cardiovascular health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. When you develop gum disease, it also increases your risk for these other major concerns.

Only dental implants replace your natural tooth root, providing your jawbone with the stimulation it requires to remain healthy and strong. As such, getting dental implants is not just an investment in your smile. Implants are an investment in your whole-body health.

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation at Keystone OMS

Find out more about the benefits of replacing your missing teeth with dental implants. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Clemenza, reach out to Keystone OMS at your earliest convenience.

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