The benefits of dental implants are that, by replacing the roots of your lost teeth, they can help you prevent many of the severe consequences that result from their loss. The sooner you replace your lost teeth with implants, the greater chance you have of avoiding these consequences. However, this can make some patients who’ve already experienced severe tooth loss wonder if dental implants are the right choice for them. After losing most or all of your teeth on your upper or lower dental ridge, the weakened state of your dental ridge might make it seem unable to receive dental implants.
The actual severity of your tooth loss
The severity of your tooth loss is gauged by how many teeth you’ve lost, but the severity of its impact on your oral health consists of several different factors. For example, the more teeth roots you lose, the more the stimulation in your jawbone diminishes. This means your jawbone can lose mass and density faster over time, causing your dental ridge to shrink. Gauging the actual severity of your tooth loss means assessing the total impact that the loss has had on your dental ridge and surrounding oral structures, as well as how many teeth you’ve lost and need to be replaced.
Rebuilding your smile with dental implants
To address the root cause of the consequences of tooth loss, many patients can benefit from replacing their lost teeth with custom-designed dental implant restorations. These include root-like posts that support the restoration and reestablish the functions that your natural teeth roots were responsible for. When you receive dental implants, the posts that support your restoration are stimulated every time you bite and chew your food, mimicking the function of your natural teeth roots. This helps preserve the health and integrity of your dental ridge, and avoid the loss of its mass and density over time.
Benefiting from an upgraded denture
If you’ve already had a conventional denture designed and placed on your dental ridge to replace your lost teeth, then you may have experienced the consequences of missing teeth roots to a more significant degree. However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t qualify for or can’t benefit from upgrading it with the help of dental implants. In many cases, we can design implant treatment to minimize the restoration of smiles that have suffered severe tooth loss, such as using small-diameter implant posts to minimize the extent of the treatment.
Recover from severe tooth loss with dental implants
While dental implants can be ideal for most cases of tooth loss, their benefits are more significant when you’ve lost most or all of your natural teeth. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.