Older Caucasian Female Smiling OutsideAt Coastal Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Virginia Beach, our doctors are dedicated to providing excellent patient care in an empathetic, caring, and efficient way. Not only do they truly care about your oral health, but they care about your overall health, too.

Many of their Virginia Beach patients understand how dental implants can improve their oral health, but in reality, they serve to improve and protect much more. Below, we’ve listed 3 ways dental implants can improve your overall health.

1. Dental Implants Can Improve 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. Because loose and missing teeth provide a direct pathway to the jawbone for infection and debris, the gums are more susceptible to serious infection.

And while you may think that a gum infection isn’t a big deal, believe us, it is. After periodontal disease occurs, the infection can easily spread through the body and into the bone. This could then lead to infection all over your body, which would require serious medical intervention. 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

Our facial structure largely depends on the health and strength of our jawbone. In order to remain healthy, the jawbone needs stimulation from tooth roots – or dental implants for those who are missing teeth. If you choose not to address loose or missing teeth, the jawbone will begin to resorb, and additional tooth loss will occur. The jawbone will then shrink and deteriorate, and the shape of your face will change. These facial changes can affect your mental health, as changing face shape tends to cause people to suffer from insecurities. By placing dental implants into the jawbone, the bone will remain strong and healthy, and your oral health and overall health will be protected.

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 Virginia Beach men and women from chronic medical conditions. One such condition is heart disease. In fact, heart disease has been linked to oral health for many years. It’s been proven that people who suffer from poor heart health also have poor oral 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

Our doctors pledge to provide every patient with the highest level of compassionate care. 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.