Until the last few decades, replacing lost teeth typically meant designing a restoration that fills the gaps in your smile, but only the part that you can see. Known as your teeth crowns, the parts that rest above the gum line are the parts responsible for biting and chewing your food, helping you enunciate your words, and filling out your smile’s appearance. However, the roots of your teeth, which lie underneath the gums and support your teeth’s crowns, also serve several important functions for your oral health. With dental implants, modern restorations can also replace this vital part of your lost teeth, creating a much more lifelike and comprehensive restoration for your smile.
Make your smile look like new again
The visible appearance of your smile isn’t the only aspect of tooth loss you have to deal with, but it can be a significant one. It plays a big role in your overall appearance, and therefore, your overall self-confidence. Because smiling is such an important part of social interaction, the tendency to hide your smile to hide your tooth loss can also have a negative impact on these interactions. With an appropriate number of dental implant posts, your custom restoration will enjoy more lifelike support, which means it’s less likely to shift or move when you speak or smile, giving your restoration a more lifelike appearance.
Give your bite its proper balance back
Besides improving the appearance of your smile, replacing the crowns of your lost teeth also helps restore proper balance when you bite and chew your food. Your teeth rely on each other when absorbing your bite’s pressure, and if there are empty spaces in their ranks, this pressure can be more than your remaining teeth can successfully withstand. Giving your restoration the support of root-like implant posts helps ensure that your replacement teeth can provide adequate support for your bite pressure and remaining healthy teeth. This also lowers your risks of experiencing even more oral health problems in the future.
Interact with the rest of your oral structures
When a traditional dental restoration is used to replace one or more teeth, the supportive system it uses depends on the type of restoration. For example, dental bridges rely on crowns that are bonded to abutment teeth near the gap in your smile. Partial dentures rely on a comfortable base and small, hidden clasps, while full dentures are designed to stay in place using the natural curvature of your dental ridge. By contrast, dental implants are inserted into the jawbone structure, making them part of the bone structure similar to your healthy teeth roots. This gives implants the ability to reestablish a vital function of your lost teeth roots – the ability to stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew, and prevent the ridge from losing mass and density over time.
Learn what an implant restoration can do for you
By replicating the way your healthy, natural teeth are supported by roots, an implant restoration can do a lot more for your smile than you might realize at first. 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.