When you’ve experienced tooth loss, the most important thing for your smile and oral health is to address the problem by replacing your lost teeth. However, the importance of your tooth replacement and its role in the future of your smile may not be immediately clear. Today, we examine why dental implants are often the preferred solution for addressing tooth loss, and how they work more efficiently to preserve the future health and integrity of your smile and its foundation.

They improve the function of your restoration

Your dental restoration can only restore your smile after tooth loss if it can effectively restore the functions of your lost teeth. With conventional restorations, such as dental bridges and dentures, much of this function can be replaced. The highly lifelike dental crowns that they consist of can help restore balance to your bite and fill out your smile’s appearance once again. However, dental implants are the only solution for replacing lost teeth roots and mimicking the level of functionality they provide your healthy, natural teeth. This allows you to bite and chew more foods, smile more confidently, and enjoy a more lifelike smile restoration.

They help you prevent further tooth loss

Experiencing tooth loss doesn’t just mean losing a tooth; it also means losing the tooth’s root and breaking the connection that it had with your jawbone structure. This connection is vital to maintaining the health and integrity of your dental ridge, as all of your teeth roots are necessary to stimulate your jawbone and maintain its supply of minerals and nutrients. When you replace a lost tooth root with a dental implant post, you can reestablish this stimulation and reduce or eliminate the risk of losing jawbone mass and density. This, in turn, helps you reduce your risks of losing one or more teeth in the future due to increasingly weaker jawbone structure.

They offer better support for oral and facial structures

Teeth roots and the different roles they play in your oral health can be more complex than you realize at first. For example, stimulating your jawbone and keeping it strong and healthy also benefits the surrounding oral and facial structures after you’ve experienced tooth loss. Without dental implants, the loss of jawbone mass and density that follows tooth loss can begin to effect the visible appearance of your jawbone structure and the facial structures that surround it. This can lead to a condition known as facial collapse, which involves the sunken appearance of these structures as the effects of tooth loss continue to worsen.

Learn how dental implants can preserve your smile

The right dental implant restoration can help you preserve your smile’s health and integrity after you’ve experienced tooth loss. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.