When you consider the quality of your dental restoration, the most obvious metrics may be how the restoration looks, and how closely it resembles the appearance of your healthy, natural teeth. While this appearance is important to both your self-confidence and your restoration’s overall function, there’s more to its overall quality than what you immediately see. For many people who experience tooth loss, the most beneficial restorations are those that are supported by an appropriate number of dental implants. The importance of giving your restoration proper support might be easy to overlook at first, but over time, the advantages can become increasingly more obvious.
How traditional restorations are supported
The traditional methods of supporting dental restorations have been effective at helping patients restore much of their bite function after losing teeth. For example, a conventional dental bridge consists of a lifelike replacement tooth and one or a pair of dental crowns on either side of it. The dental crowns are bonded to the healthy teeth that are nearest to the gap in your smile, holding the replacement tooth securely in place. Complete dentures utilize the natural curvature of your dental ridge to stay stable, while partial dentures come with additional support from strategically placed hidden clasps.
How dental implants improve this support
The supportive structures of traditional dental bridges and dentures may be effective, but they don’t equate to the same level of support that your healthy, natural teeth enjoy thanks to their roots. Dental implants, however, are designed to give your restoration a more lifelike system of support by mimicking your healthy, natural teeth roots. Dental implants are root-like posts that are inserted into your jawbone, and can then be used to support your dental bridge or denture with a greater level of comfort and stability.
The benefits of implant-supported restorations
By giving your dental restoration a more lifelike system of support, dental implants can benefit its overall performance, comfort, stability, and interaction with your other oral structures. For example, only dental implant posts can stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew, which helps prevent the loss of mass and density in your jawbone that could lead to greater risks of further tooth loss. The improved stability of your restoration can also help improve the long-term integrity of your restoration and restore more of your bite’s functionality.
Learn more about supporting your dental restoration
The way in which your dental restoration is supported plays several important roles in your long-term oral health, which is why patients often benefit more from the support of dental implants. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.