The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that some 175 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. Just that one lost tooth can lead to several challenges at things you probably took for granted, such as eating and speaking. In addition, your self-confidence may suffer, as well. Tooth loss may also affect your overall health. Recent research shows that missing teeth may increase your risk for stroke. Thus, dental implants in Southlake will not only replace teeth, but they may just keep you healthier, too.
Tooth Loss and Risk for Stroke
Research studies show that people who are living with tooth loss have a 74 percent higher risk of having a stroke. The reason for this is gum disease. Unfortunately, people with missing teeth are more likely to have gum disease, a bacterial infection that is usually due to poor oral hygiene.
The same bacteria that lead to gum disease can enter the bloodstream. When this happens, cardiovascular disease—including heart attack and stroke—are more likely to occur.
Gum disease treatment is essential. Without it, bacteria begin to destroy gum and bone tissue. Eventually, tooth loss may ensue. Then a vicious cycle sets in: as you lose teeth, gum disease worsens. Left untreated, more teeth are lost and bone density in your jaw decreases. Your remaining teeth may then begin to shift out of position as they lose bone support. Consequently, they may become difficult to clean, which is another risk factor for gum disease. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Arlington stops this vicious and unhealthy cycle.
Dental Implants Protect Your Health
Generally speaking, therefore, tooth replacement is necessary to restore the look and performance of your smile and to reduce your risk for stroke. And while there are several options, nothing matches a dental implant. This most lifelike tooth replacement that stands in for both the root and crown of a tooth comes with a 95 percent rate of success.
Unlike bridges or dentures, a dental implant stops the bone loss that may result from a missing tooth. A post is surgically implanted in the jawbone, thus stimulating healthy new bone tissue growth every time you bite and chew. Altogether, dental implants protect your jaw, your remaining teeth and they reduce the risk of gum disease and thereby stroke, too. (You are more likely to develop gum disease if you have missing, so replacement with dental implants reduce the risk.)
If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile and reduce the risk of stroke, schedule an appointment with your dentist. With dental implants, you can easily give yourself two less things to worry about: tooth loss and strokes!
Meet the Author
Dr. Ravi Doctor is a dentist in Southlake and Arlington. He and his team of dental hygienists and assistants offer a comprehensive menu of services to help ensure your oral health and general well being. Dr. Doctor would be glad to meet with you to discuss how dental implants can protect your oral and general health. Call the office today to schedule an appointment.