When you’re dealing with tooth loss, the restoration that your dentist recommends for rebuilding your smile typically depends on how many teeth you’ve lost. However, these days, dentists’ recommendations go deeper than choosing between dental bridges and dentures. In many cases, your dentist might also suggest receiving dental implants to support your restoration. Dental implants are root-like prostheses that are designed to replace the roots of the teeth you’ve lost. This gives implants the ability to do more for rebuilding and preserving your smile than a traditional bridge or denture can. That includes preserving the jawbone and other structures that form its foundation.
To replace more of your lost tooth structure
Modern dentistry often provides a choice in addressing specific concerns. This allows your dentist or oral health specialist to create more personalized treatment plans that take your personal needs and preferences into account. However, when it comes to replacing your lost teeth roots, dental implants are the only solution for doing so. The visible parts of your teeth (their crowns) are only part of the structures that make up your health, natural teeth. The roots, which rest within your jawbone, are not visible, but they serve several highly important functions. One is the support of your teeth’s crowns as you bite, chew, and speak, allowing your teeth to withstand immense pressure. Another function is the stimulation of your jawbone, which can grow weaker after losing a tooth root and never having it replaced.
To improve the quality of your restoration
Teeth roots’ main goal of stabilizing the crowns they’re attached to is possible due to the way in which they’re situated within your jawbone. Traditional bridges and dentures are not able to simulate this level of stability, which leads in part to the wear and tear they experience under your bite pressure. However, dental implants are designed to anchor your restoration in place no matter how much bite pressure it’s exposed to. Like your healthy, natural teeth, this level of structural support helps your bridge or denture perform more comfortably and lifelike when you bite, chew, and speak with it in place.
To preserve your long-term oral health better
When your teeth roots stimulate your jawbone, all of your oral health benefits. Your jawbone supplies your natural teeth with minerals and nutrients their roots. In turn, the roots promote a healthy supply of those nutrients when they stimulate the jawbone. This relationship is interrupted when you lose one or more teeth roots, and most notably, your jawbone starts to receive fewer nutrients. Over time, this causes it to shrink and become weaker, greatly increasing your risks of experiencing serious oral health troubles. Replacing your lost teeth roots and reestablishing the stimulation in your jawbone helps prevent this, and improve your oral health in the long-term.
Schedule a free dental implant consultation
Your smile depends on the quality of your tooth replacement, which is why many dentists recommend tooth loss patients get dental implants. 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.