Over the last several decades, dental implants have become one of the more popular solutions for replacing lost teeth. Used to support a prosthetic dental crown, bridge, or denture, dental implants are designed to replace the roots of your lost teeth with small, biocompatible, root-like posts. This is an immediate improvement over more traditional restorations, which rely on the support of things like abutment teeth, clasps, and adhesives. Yet, the longer term benefits of dental implants have an even more significant impact on your oral health, and on the appearance of your smile and facial structures.
Your restoration stays in place
When you receive a traditional dental bridge or denture, the restoration is carefully designed to fit the size and curvature of your dental ridge. Whether it’s a bridge supported by crowns and abutment teeth, a partial denture supported by clasps, or a complete denture held in place by adhesives, this support can change over time. Routine wear on your restoration and the gradual loss of your jawbone’s mass and density (due to missing teeth roots) can cause it to become loose and shift over time. By contrast, dental implants are designed to anchor your restoration in place the way roots anchor your healthy, natural teeth, which prevents it from ever shifting or moving out of place.
You can control your oral health better
Having to rely on additional supportive structures to keep your restoration in place poses a few other potential inconveniences. For example, when a conventional dental bridge is put in place, it requires that one or more of your healthy remaining teeth be modified to support it. This can make the teeth structurally weaker and more susceptible to damage in the future, and they may be more likely to develop decay from oral bacteria buildup. The point of dental implants is to more closely mimic your natural tooth structures, which includes supporting itself with a root embedded in your jawbone. This makes it easier to care for your restoration and your healthy, natural teeth to improve your long-term oral health.
You can preserve your facial appearance
The fact that a dental implant-supported restoration supports itself is a significant benefit to your oral health, but implants also serve a more direct function in preserving your long-term smile. This includes stimulating your jawbone when you bite and chew, which helps promote a healthy flow of minerals and nutrients to it. Without this stimulation, patients of tooth loss often experience a loss of jawbone mass and density, which can also impact the appearance of surrounding facial structures. As the jawbone shrinks, these structures can appear to sag, a condition known as facial collapse. By providing this stimulation, implant posts can give you a much better chance at preventing this from occurring.
Learn more about the advantages of implants
Replacing your lost teeth roots with one or more dental implants can do more for the long-term health and integrity of your smile than most other tooth replacement options. For more information, 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.