At Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Virginia Beach, our doctors are dedicated to providing excellent patient care in an empathetic, caring, and efficient way. They equally care about your oral health and your overall health.
Many of their Virginia Beach patients have heard that dental implants can improve their oral health, but the specifics are worth knowing – especially the advantages they offer to your systemic bodily health on top of the oral health benefits.
1. Dental Implants and Your Periodontal Health
When patients visit our Virginia Beach office with loose or missing teeth as a result of periodontal disease, our doctors are careful to explain the increased risk of recurrence. Loose and missing teeth provide a direct pathway bacteria and food debris can take to the jawbone, making the gums even more susceptible to serious infection.
After periodontal disease occurs, the infection can easily spread through the body and into the bone. This could then lead to systemic health issues throughout your body. If you’re missing teeth or have loose teeth that need to be extracted, make an appointment to visit one of our doctors to discuss your options for dental implants.
2. Dental Implants Can Protect Your Jawbone and Facial Shape
A youthful, healthy-looking facial structure largely depends on the well-being of our jawbone. In order to remain healthy, the jawbone needs stimulation from tooth roots – and dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that also replaces the roots of the lost teeth. Without replacing tooth roots, the jawbone will begin to resorb and cause the remaining teeth to shift within the smile, thereby increasing the likelihood of additional tooth loss. Moreover, resorption will cause the jawbone to shrink and deteriorate, changing the shape of the face to look older and less healthy. By placing dental implants into the jawbone, the bone will remain strong and healthy, your oral health and overall health will be protected, and you can maintain a more youthful appearance.
3. Dental Implants Can Protect Against Various Medical Conditions
Not only can dental implants protect you from periodontal disease and maintain the shape of your face, but they can also protect the people of Virginia Beach from chronic medical conditions. As an example, heart disease has been linked to poor oral health for many years. Generally, people who have poor oral health are more likely to also develop poor heart health.
Additionally, dental implants can help protect against dementia. Research has shown that patients who have periodontal disease score lower on memory tests than those who don’t. Having dental implants placed to restore oral function and prevent infection throughout the body reduces the risk of these debilitating diseases.
Call Our Doctors to Protect Your Overall Health
The oral surgeons of Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery pledge to provide every patient with the highest level of compassionate oral healthcare. If you’re in need of dental implants because you have loose or missing teeth, a member of our friendly team will be happy to assist you in scheduling an initial consultation.
Don’t hesitate to call us in Virginia Beach at (757) 426-6155.