Technology has many benefits, but it also has its limitations. Many people think that they don’t have to care about the teeth they have because they can always be replaced with dental implants.
But this is seriously flawed thinking. Although it’s true that implant dentistry allows us to replace your teeth with highly attractive artificial teeth that function just like natural teeth, it’s no reason to neglect your natural teeth. Here’s why.
Poor Oral Health Is Unpleasant, Unattractive, and Unhealthy
When thinking about replacing your teeth with dental implants, it’s easy to forget that you don’t instantly go from having healthy teeth to having dental implants. Instead, you spend a long time with declining oral health that can lead to bad breath, make your smile very unattractive, and contribute to numerous health conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
Poor oral health can even lead to a life-threatening infection that can spread to your brain. This reason alone makes it worth it to try to maintain your oral health.
Poor Oral Health Can Keep You from Getting Dental Implants
Implant dentistry works well for people who have generally good oral health, but if you have significant gum disease, you may not be a candidate for dental implants. Or you may have to go through additional procedures before you can get dental implants.
You Won’t Know How to Care for Your Dental Implants
One of the benefits of dental implants is that they are just as easy to care for as your natural teeth. But if you’ve spent your lifetime neglecting your teeth, you’ll have to suddenly work hard acquiring the healthy habits that most of us take for granted by the time we get dental implants.
Nothing Is as Good as Your Natural Teeth
And, of course, we have to admit that although implant dentistry has come a long way, dental implants are still not as good as your natural teeth. The longer you can preserve your natural teeth, the better. Dental implants are the best replacement option we have, but they still don’t have the essential properties that your natural teeth have.
Sometimes We Lose Teeth Anyway
Although some people may neglect their teeth, tooth loss can actually happen to anyone, even those who diligently care for their teeth. Dental trauma, sudden infections, and even side effects of medication can all lead to tooth loss.
If you’ve lost one or more teeth and want to know if you can get a replacement, please call (702) 873-0324 to schedule an appointment with Summerlin reconstructive dentist Dr. James B. Polley today.