In many ways, it can seem like the worst effects of tooth loss are the visible ones. That gaps that missing teeth leave in your smile can have a significant effect on its appearance, and therefore, your overall level of self-confidence. They can also make tasks like eating and speaking more challenging, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, we can help you address your tooth loss and mitigate these and other impacts of tooth loss, including the less obvious ways it can affect your smile and oral health.

A closer look at a healthy tooth

A healthy, natural tooth consists of more than just what you see. The part that rests above the gum line (and is visible) is known as the tooth’s crown. Because it’s visible, this is the part that most traditional tooth replacement options focus on restoring. However, the other part of your tooth – its root – rests within your jawbone, and is what stabilizes your tooth when you bite and chew. The root of a tooth is also vital to the health and integrity of your jawbone, as the stimulation it provides is what signals your body to send your jawbone the minerals and nutrients that it thrives on.

The limitations of traditional restorations

Conventional bridges and dentures are designed to closely mimic the crown structures of your lost teeth, rebuilding the appearance and much of the function of your healthy smile. In doing so, they can restore much of your self-confidence, as well. However, they cannot replace the roots of your lost teeth, and instead rely on solutions such as abutment teeth and dental crowns, adhesives, or hidden clasps for support. Such supportive structures can provide a high level of stability for a while, but after years of use and the impact tooth loss has on your jawbone structure, they can lose their grip and cause your replacement teeth to grow loose.

The importance of dental implants

Dental implants, which are biocompatible posts made from titanium, are the only solution that can address the loss of your teeth roots. The small, titanium posts are inserted into your jawbone, which fuses to each one as though it were a natural tooth root. Once your jawbone has healed, the implant post will become a permanent part of its structure, allowing the implant to both support your replacement teeth and stimulation your jawbone as a healthy tooth root would.

Stop tooth loss from destroying your smile

Tooth loss can have a devastating impact on several different aspects of your smile, but with one or more dental implants, we can help you avoid many of them. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.