Getting the right vitamins can make such a difference to your general health, your psychological health – and, it turns out, your oral health, too! Read on for more information on how getting enough vitamin D can help you to have a successful dental implant procedure.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a great solution if you are missing a tooth. Implants are made up of a post, the abutment, and your new tooth, which fits on top of the abutment. There are many benefits to getting a dental implant: they look, function, and feel just like real teeth, and one reason for this is that the post is placed into the jawbone to serve as the new “roots” of the tooth. The bone and the post, over time, fuse together.
How Does Vitamin D Help Dental Implants?
We get vitamin D through foods such as dairy products and fatty fish, but sunlight is also a good source. Getting enough vitamin D is vital for many reasons. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you might have muscle and bone pain, fatigue, frequent illnesses, wounds that take longer to heal than they should, and it can even result in depression. And, it’s important for healthy bones! This is why getting enough vitamin D is important if you have a dental implant – your jawbone needs to be strong enough to hold that implant. If it isn’t, there is a chance that your implant may fail.
A lack of vitamin D in your system may also mean that your recovery from the implant procedure will be very long and can even increase the odds of complications. Vitamin D promotes faster healing with fewer problems because it acts as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, which helps to prevent infection and gum disease.
Luckily, it is easy to get enough vitamin D. You can start eating foods rich in vitamin D, start taking supplements, or spend more time in the sun.
The staff at Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee can help you decide if a dental implant is the solution for your missing tooth. Call (414) 464-9021 for an appointment today!