Dental restorations that are designed to replace lost teeth are traditionally defined by how many teeth they’re meant to replace. For example, dentures are for replacing complete rows of missing teeth, while bridges can be used for a single lost tooth, or multiple adjacent ones. However, dental implants aren’t designed only to fill in the spaces in your smile – they’re designed to replace the roots of your lost teeth, and therefore, can treat nearly any severity of tooth loss.
Mimicking a healthy tooth root
Unlike traditional bridges and dentures, dental implants are defined by what they replace, which is the root structures of your teeth that once rested within your jawbone. The process of replacing lost teeth roots is more complex than replacing the visible crowns of your teeth. To accurately mimic a tooth root, the implant post has to be bonded to the bone structure in your jaw, which is why they’re made from biocompatible materials such as titanium. Once your jawbone has healed to the implant, it can closely mimic a healthy tooth root to offer maximum support for your dental restoration.
Supporting the visible parts of your teeth
Mimicking a healthy, natural tooth root to replace a lost or extracted one is how dental implants provide more function and comfort for your restoration. Of the many functions that teeth roots are responsible for, supporting your teeth is the prominent one. Traditional restorations rely on solutions such as clasps, teeth that are modified into abutments, or adhesive. Neither of these can provide the same level of support for your restoration as a healthy root provides your natural tooth. However, dental implants come the closest by providing your restoration with root-like anchors to hold it in place. This offers much greater stability as you bite and chew, as well as greater comfort and confidence throughout most other aspects of your daily life.
Maintaining more than just your smile
Supporting your teeth is important, but because they’re such an integral part of your surrounding oral and facial structures, teeth roots are responsible for more than that, as well. For instance, stimulation from a tooth root (or dental implant post) when you bite and chew helps keep your jawbone and facial structures well-supported. After experiencing tooth loss, patients may begin to show visible signs in their facial appearance of the bone structure in their jaws and face begin to lose mass and density. Yet, by restoring this stimulation with dental implants, you can help maintain the healthy appearance of these structures, as well as your smile.
Benefit from an implant-supported restoration
Their ability to replace the roots of your lost teeth, and most of their vital functions, is a big part of what makes dental implants ideal for many tooth loss patients. 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.