The good thing about dental implants is that, unlike more conventional tooth replacement options, they can replace the roots of your lost teeth as well as their crowns. The implications of this advantage are significant; your teeth roots do more for your oral health than you realize, and replacing them benefits your smile and restoration in many important ways. Another good thing about dental implants is that, because of their biocompatibility, they can be a good option for people who’ve lost one, several, or all of their teeth.

Why consider dental implants?

The ability to replace your lost teeth roots is unique to dental implants, which are designed to mimic your natural teeth roots to provide a similar level of support to your restoration. This can give your dental bridge greater stability and eliminate the need to support it on adjacent healthy teeth. Or, it can give your full-arch restoration more lifelike support to avoid the need for clasps and/or adhesives. By mimicking your teeth roots, dental implants anchor your restoration in place, making it more stable and secure as you bite, chew, speak, and smile.

How you can benefit from them

The improved stability and comfort that comes with anchoring your dental restoration in place are a significant benefit of dental implants. However, that ability itself also has several other advantages not just for your restoration, but your other oral structures, as well. For example, when you lose a tooth root, your jawbone responds by resorbing its bone structure around the empty socket. The rest of your body also responds by sending your jawbone fewer nutrients, which causes it to lose some of its mass and density over time. This affect, commonly referred to as jawbone erosion, is a leading cause of the increased risks of further tooth loss that many patients without dental implants experience.

What might impact your candidacy

The biocompatibility of dental implants is a vital part of how they function. After the implant posts are placed within your jawbone, the bone structure heals to the posts and creates a lifelike support system for your restoration. For this process to succeed, however, your oral health and tissues must be free of concerns such as gum disease, which can erode the bone structure and gum tissues supporting the implants. Other conditions, such as significant erosion of your jawbone, may also impact your dental implant candidacy, or require specialized dental implants (such as small-diameter implant posts) to provide conservative treatment.

Learn if you qualify for dental implants

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then you may be a good candidate for replacing them with lifelike dental implants. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.