The problem of losing one or more teeth isn’t exactly a difficult one to detect. Even if no one else can see the gap in your smile, you’ll likely notice it every time you eat, brush and floss your teeth, or run your tongue over the empty space. Your oral health also registers the loss, but the many impacts of tooth loss aren’t always noticeable until years afterward. This is largely due to the fact that these impacts result from the loss of the part of your tooth that you can’t see, which is known as the root. A complete tooth replacement is one that allows you to replace this root as well as the visible part of your tooth, and it’s only possible with the help of dental implants.
Losing all of your tooth’s structure
The roots of your teeth rest underneath your gums and are held steady by the tissues and ligaments that stabilize them within their sockets. When you lose a tooth, you lose the root, as well, and this loss can have several different consequences for your oral health. One of the most notable is the fact that your replacement tooth or teeth won’t have the same level of support as your healthy teeth roots. Without an anchor to hold it in place, a replacement tooth may not function as well as your natural teeth, either. While conventional dental restorations are unable to address this loss, dental implants are designed specifically to mimic healthy, natural teeth roots, and to provide your restoration with a comparable level of support and stability.
How to replace a lost tooth root
The good news for people who experience tooth loss is that replacing it with a complete restoration is highly possible. Dental implants, which mimic healthy teeth roots, can help you replace all of your lost tooth structure and restore more of its function, including those that directly impact the health and integrity of the rest of your oral structures. For instance, by replacing the root of your lost tooth, a dental implant can stimulate your jawbone the way the root used to, which is vital to the bone structure’s continued supply of minerals and nutrients. If you’ve lost multiple teeth, then an appropriate number of dental implant posts can support your restoration in a way that more closely mimics the form and functions of your healthy, natural teeth and roots.
Learn more about complete tooth replacement
Your healthy, natural teeth are complex, and when you lose one, your oral health is better off if you replace all of the lost tooth’s structure. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.