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How Dental Implants Could Actually Increase Your Lifespan

September 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrick @ 8:33 am
3D render of a dental implant

The benefits of dental implants are obvious if you’ve spent any time at all looking into them. They’re durable, they’re realistic, and they can provide you with remarkable bite strength. However, there are some benefits of dental implants that may be substantially less obvious—for example, there are interesting ways in which they may actually prolong your life.

If you’re curious, here are some of the substantial health benefits that dental implants may offer you.

Better Eating

Nutrition is vitally important, and as you would probably guess, the strength of your teeth is one of the main factors in what you can eat. While dentures and bridges are strong, you may still struggle with tough meats or crunchy vegetables. As a consequence, you may not get all the nutrients you need.

Dental implants can provide you with considerably better bite force than those other methods of tooth replacement, affording you a more well-rounded diet.

Preventing Gum Disease

You might think that gum disease isn’t much of an issue, but the fact is that this oral health problem is tied to a variety of other conditions. For one, gum disease has been found to spike blood sugar. As a consequence, even people who have no history of diabetes in their family may be put at risk.

Gum disease has also been connected with heart disease. While the exact cause is unknown, it’s believed that bacteria in the mouth can seep into the bloodstream and form plaque deposits, causing cardiovascular illness. Whatever the case, there’s strong evidence that an excess of bacteria in the mouth can increase one’s chances of developing heart problems.

Dental implants are noticeably easier to clean than dentures and bridges, which means that patients who have them have a much lower risk of gum disease. While it may sound like a small thing, this could mean serious health benefits in the long run.

Your teeth aren’t just there to look good—they’re vital tools that can help you to improve your oral health in general. With a dental implant, they can serve you better than even, and may even increase your lifespan in general.

About the Author

Dr. Steven Kendrick loves nothing more than being able to help his patients achieve a beautiful smile, and that drives him to constantly expand his dental knowledge and his skills as a clinician. Dr. Kendrick received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Oklahoma Dental Association, Oklahoma Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry, each of which serves to grow him as a clinician.

If you have any questions about dental implants, he can be reached at his website or by phone at (405) 732-0431.

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