You want to be as healthy as you can be now and for many years to come. To do that, you should be able to eat a variety of foods, so you can get the nutrients your body needs.
As many people with missing teeth have told us, eating with dentures alone can be difficult. Some foods are nearly impossible to eat.
Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for this. You can get dental implants to restore your smile and your bite to what it was like before you lost your teeth. To learn if implants are right for you, schedule a consultation with George A. Hoop, DDS, at either of our locations in Naples and Fort Myers, FL. Call (239) 594-8817 for an appointment.
Tooth Loss & Your Health
Since August is Dental Implant Month, we wanted to highlight one of the biggest benefits of this service. If you need teeth replacements, having implants can improve your overall health.
You already know that tooth loss is bad. It affects your physical health — making it more difficult to bite and chew. It also can affect people emotionally. Missing teeth change your smile, which can make you feel more self-conscious about doing things (like speaking, smiling, and eating) that may allow people to see what’s no longer there.
Something you might not expect is the effect that tooth loss could have on your cognitive ability. A study of adults 50 years and older in England had less recall and were slower at recalling information than individuals with full sets of teeth.
A separate study of individual 70 years and older also noted a connection between missing teeth in a higher risk of mortality over a five-year period.
Implants Make A Difference
Implants are good for your health in multiple ways, but we want to mention two things in particular.
The first is preventing bone loss in the jaw, which is common when someone loses teeth. Your roots stimulate your jawbone. The jaw responds by making new bone tissue to replace old tissue that is absorbed back into the body. Without that stimulation, the jaw loses tissue but does not replace it. Implant act as prosthetic roots, which recreates that stimulation.
Implant-supported restorations also restore your ability to bite and chew naturally. Multiple studies have shown that people with implants can bite with practically the same force as people who have a full set of healthy teeth. That means you can eat fruits, vegetables, and other foods to get the nutrition you need. (It also means you can continue eating the foods you enjoy, which can be good for your mental health.)
Complete Your Smile
Having a natural-looking smile is nice, but having replacement teeth that look and feel like the real thing is better. You have that with dental implants from Dr. Hoop. To get them for yourself or someone you love, visit us in Naples or Fort Myers, FL. Call (239) 594-8817 or contact us online to request a consultation.