Today’s modern dental restorations and tooth replacement options are designed to closely mimic healthy, natural teeth, and that’s for more than just appearance’s sake. When your replacement teeth closely replicate the size, shape, and contour of your lost teeth, your bite functions better and you can improve the overall state of your oral health. However, even the most lifelike restorations are limited in what they do. For example, without one or more dental implants, they can’t effectively reestablish the connections your healthy teeth had with your jawbone and other oral structures. At our Ft. Worth, TX, office, we help patients understand how dental implants work before recommending them so they know what to expect from their newly restored smiles.
Integrating with your smile’s foundation
Dental implants are small, root-like posts that are designed to enhance a prosthetic dental crown, bridge, or denture. The posts are inserted into your jawbone, which fuses to the posts in a process known as osseointegration. This makes your implants permanent parts of your jawbone structure, and this level of integration makes them a more lifelike option than traditional restorations that rely on clasps, abutment teeth, and/or adhesives for support. After being placed, the implant posts serve as root-like anchors to support your restoration with the same comfort and stability as your healthy, natural teeth roots.
Supporting your restoration’s proper function
When you place your restoration on an appropriate number of dental implants, you avoid the need for additional support such as hidden clasps (for partial dentures) or abutment teeth (for dental bridges). This means your restoration will be more comfortable, but also, will fit and function more like your healthy, natural teeth. As you bite and chew, the anchored support of the implant posts ensure that your dental crown, bridge, or denture doesn’t shift or move out of place.
Preserving your healthy, natural oral structures
In addition to preventing the movement of your replacement teeth, dental implants also restore several other vital functions that were lost along with your teeth. That includes stimulating your jawbone, which is one of the more important tasks of healthy, natural teeth roots. This stimulation is key to keeping your jawbone well-nourished, and as you lose teeth roots, it diminishes along with your jawbone’s nutrient supply. Dental implants help reestablish this flow so your jawbone can remain strong and healthy long after you’ve lost one or more teeth.
Learn more about how dental implants work
The unique way dental implants work to rebuild your smile after tooth loss make them more beneficial to your oral health than more traditional restorations. 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.