The guiding principle for restoring smiles throughout the centuries has been to help people regain the advantage of a healthy, fully functioning smile. Coupled with the desire to restore their smiles’ healthy appearance, this has led to highly lifelike restorations that do an incredible job of replicating healthy, natural tooth structure to replace lost teeth. However, replacing a tooth is most effective when you replace all of its structure, not just the visible part of it. This includes the root that stabilizes the tooth, which only a dental implant post is able to replace after it’s been lost.
The part of your tooth you don’t see
The root of a tooth serves several functions in the bigger picture of your oral health. For example by stabilizing your teeth, the roots are essential your bite’s ability to function properly. They keep your teeth still and steady as you bite and chew, and provide just enough support to keep them from shifting or sustaining damage. Yet, roots also perform several functions that also aren’t noticeable, such as stimulating your jawbone with the pressure from your biting and chewing. The loss of this function can have a negative impact on the long-term health and integrity of your jawbone, which is why replacing the root with a dental implant is essential to preserving it.
Why teeth roots matter when they’re gone
When a tooth root is lost, the impact to your jawbone structure doesn’t stop after you’ve replaced the visible crown of the tooth. A traditional restoration can help you regain much of your bite’s immediate ability to function, meaning you can once again comfortably eat a variety of different foods and smile more confidently when you interact with others. However, conventional restorations can’t replace the lost root, and therefore, the continued lack of stimulation can cause your jawbone structure to continuously lose mass and density over time.
How dental implants reestablish this function
Dental implants are the only prosthetic dental option for replacing lost teeth roots and reestablishing the functions they provide your oral health. This is possible thanks to their biocompatible construction, which allows the jawbone structure to heal to their surfaces after the posts have been surgically placed within it. Once this process is complete, your dental implant posts will be positioned to once again stimulate your dental ridge, helping you fully restore your smile more successfully.
Learn more about replacing an entire tooth
The point of replacing a tooth is to restore its function and stability, which requires replacing the tooth’s root as well as its visible crown. 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.