The art of rebuilding your smile after experiencing tooth loss can be more complex than it sometimes seems. That’s because your teeth do more than you might realize at first, beyond making your smile look healthy and allowing you to bite and chew your food. To fully restore your smile, your custom replacement teeth should also be able to reestablish these functions, and accomplishing this often requires the help of one or more dental implant posts.

1. Stabilizing your bite

Restoring your ability to bite and chew is the main purpose of replacing your lost teeth, even if your restoration isn’t supported by dental implants. By filling the spaces in your smile with lifelike replacement teeth, your bite can once again handle most foods comfortably. However, without dental implants, your restoration won’t be as stable as your healthy, natural teeth. Therefore, your ability to bite and chew may not be as sufficient. Dental implant posts mimic the support that roots give your natural teeth, making your restoration nearly as stable and restoring your ability to comfortably eat a wider variety of foods.

2. Stimulating your jawbone

Your natural teeth have roots for more than just their own support. These roots are also the link between your teeth and their supportive jawbone, enabling the bone structure to keep your teeth stable under the pressure of biting and chewing. Also, your teeth roots respond to this pressure by stimulating the jawbone structure that supports them. Collectively, the stimulation from your teeth roots tells your body how many minerals and nutrients your jawbone needs. Dental implants are the only way to reestablish this stimulation after you’ve lost one or more teeth, and to avoid the consequences that can result when this stimulation diminishes.

3. Preserving your facial structures

The stimulation that your natural teeth roots provide are an essential factor in preserving the health and integrity of your jawbone structure, which helps improve your oral health in the long run. This preservation is also important to the integrity of your surrounding facial structures, which can be impacted by the loss of mass and density in your jawbone. The visible impacts of this loss, often referred to as facial collapse, can be avoided by replacing the roots of your lost teeth, and it’s another important function that makes dental implants so vital to your long-term oral health.

Learn what dental implants can do for you

Dental implants don’t just replace lost teeth, but also help reestablish several less-obvious functions of your lost teeth roots. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.