After years of wearing a conventional dental bridge or denture in place of your lost tooth or teeth, you can become so accustomed to the feel of it that you almost forget what it felt like to have natural, healthy teeth in their place. Because of this, the more lifelike comfort and function of the restoration can be even more profound when you choose to upgrade it to a restoration that’s supported by dental implants. The main purpose of dental implants is to replace the roots of your lost teeth, which is something conventional bridges are dentures aren’t equipped to replace.
What you might not notice underneath your restoration
After replacing one or more lost teeth with a conventional bridge or denture, you can regain much of the function of your bite and the healthy appearance of your smile. However, some of the more significant and longer-term consequences of tooth loss occur underneath your gums, within the jawbone structure of your dental ridge. For example, the area where your lost teeth once rested will no longer have roots to stimulate it whenever you bite and chew. Over time, this can cause the bone structure to shrink as it loses mass and density, even after you’ve received a conventional bridge or denture.
How this can impact your restoration long-term
When your replacement teeth don’t come equipped with replacement roots, they’re limited in just how much of your lost teeth’s functions they can reestablish. For example, replacing the visible parts of your lost teeth will allow your bridge or denture to restore much of your ability to bite and chew most types of foods. Yet, the biting and chewing action won’t do much for your smile’s foundation. Without roots present, the lack of stimulation will still cause your jawbone to shrink, impacting the overall fit, comfort, and stability of your restoration.
The solution to improving your restoration’s stability
The good news is that modern restorations can more successfully restore all of your bite’s function, including the stimulation within your dental ridge, with the help of dental implants. The posts, which are crafted to mimic healthy teeth roots and replace their functions within your jawbone, can provide a greater level of stability for your restoration. They can also stimulate your dental ridge when your restoration absorbs bite pressure, addressing the cause of jawbone degradation following tooth loss and improving your chances of restoring more of your oral health.
Learn if dental implants can improve your bridge or denture
If you already wear a dental bridge or denture, then learn how the addition of dental implant posts could improve its comfort and function, as well as your long-term oral health. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.