Of the many different impacts that tooth loss can have on your oral health, one of the most significant is the increased risk of losing more teeth in the future. This risk can be the result of many different factors, including the impact that the loss can have on the health and integrity of your remaining natural teeth. Also, the loss of your tooth’s root can lead to a diminishing effect on the strength and integrity of your jawbone structure, which can make it more likely that it’ll grow too weak to support the rest of your teeth.
Why you’re more at-risk for further tooth loss
Your oral health and bite function consist of many different interacting parts, and your teeth’s roots play more roles than you might realize. For instance, the most obvious role is to support the crowns of your teeth as they bite and chew your food, giving them the stability they need to absorb the pressure without becoming damaged. However, your teeth roots are also important to the jawbone structure that supports them. Every time they absorb pressure, they stimulate the surrounding bone structure, which facilitates a healthy flow of nutrients to your dental ridge. Without this stimulation, your jawbone can quickly grow weaker following tooth loss.
What dental implants do to prevent this
Modern dental prostheses differ mainly on how many teeth they’re designed to replace, such as dental bridges and dentures. The difference with dental implants is that they’re appropriate for all levels of tooth loss, and are designed to replace the lost roots of teeth in addition to their crowns. Dental implants are placed within the jawbone structure, where natural teeth roots once rested, and where the jawbone structure can heal to the implant posts. This enables the implants to take over the functions of your lost teeth roots, including keeping your jawbone healthy enough to continue supporting the rest of your natural teeth.
Other advantages of dental implant restorations
The ability to restore your lost teeth roots and reestablish their vital functions is one of the foundational benefits of dental implant restorations. This level of realism and biocompatibility helps ensure that your smile is not only restored, but also better preserved and able to function more effectively. In addition, the support that dental implants can provide your restoration can make biting and chewing more comfortable, and help you avoid the risk of your restoration becoming loose over time.
Learn if dental implants can preserve your smile
If you’ve experienced tooth loss, the consequences could raise your risks of losing more teeth. Fortunately, dental implants can help you mitigate those risks. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.