A missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can really through your dental health out of balance. Not only does it upset your smile, but it can also affect your neighbouring teeth, gums, and even jaw bone. Because losing a tooth can jeopardise the neighbouring natural teeth either side of the gap, its recommended you replace it with a dental implant before more harm is done. How do dental implants improve your dental health? Dental implants and jawbone health Your teeth are rooted to the jawbone to provide strength and stability to your bite. This mutually beneficial relationship helps your teeth stay strong because of the jawbone support, and your jawbone stay strong because it has a ‘purpose’ to be kept alive. This is why when you lose a tooth and you also lose the tooth root; your jawbone begins to weaken. It has stopped receiving signals from the tooth that it is alive and well and still needs its strong foundation, so it begins to break down the bone in a process called bone resorption. This can lead to loss of facial structure, biting ability, and even threatens the neighbouring teeth by having a knock-on effect to their section of jawbone. Dental implants use a titanium root that, when placed in the jawbone, invites the bone to heal around it and fuse with it. This not only forms a strong foundation for the dental crown, but it also helps to keep your jawbone strong and healthy. Dental implants and gum disease Did you know that dental implants will help protect your exposed area of gums from gum disease? When you lose a tooth, there is obviously a gap present. This gap exposes a part of your gums that would otherwise be covered and protected by your tooth. This area of gums also exposes the sides of your neighbouring teeth where plaque can easily build-up against the gum line. An increased surface area of exposed gum leads to an increased risk of gum disease because of the food debris and bacteria that now have access to this vulnerable soft tissue. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, because it makes the gums recede from the base of the tooth and creates instability. This means leaving your gap open could also threaten the integrity of the neighbouring teeth. Dental implants fill the gaps in your smile to protect your gums from the onset of gum disease, helping to preserve your natural teeth either side of the gap. Dental implants and cavities In very much the same vein as preventing gum disease, dental implants can also help prevent against cavities. Your risk of developing cavities increases when you lose one or multiple teeth, because there is now a gap that leaves sides of your neighbouring teeth open to bacterial attack. These teeth would usually be protected, which means their sides aren’t supposed to be shown. This creates hard-to-reach spaces that are difficult to clean, leading to a potential build-up of plaque and bacteria. This not only irritates the gum line, as mentioned above, but it can also eat away at your protective enamel and cause decay. This will lead to more dental work being necessary in restoring and treating the effected teeth, as well as dealing with possible gum and jaw problems in the future. Dental implants in Coventry help to protect your teeth, gums, and jawbone from unnecessary deterioration to keep your mouth happy and healthy. Keep smiling with Coventry Road Dental Care today and book your initial dental implants consultation on 02476 312256.