Dental implants are designed to replace lost teeth, which means they aren’t recommended until after you’ve already experienced tooth loss (or are faced with a need for tooth extraction). However, restoring your smile after tooth loss means more than just restoring its appearance. It also means addressing the consequences of the loss, many of which can increase your risks of losing more teeth in the near future. Dental implants, which are designed to give a dental restoration a comparable level of support as your healthy teeth, are able to address most of these concerns by replacing the roots of your lost teeth, as well.
How losing teeth leads to more tooth loss
Besides the visible impact to your smile’s appearance, there are other consequences of tooth loss that can be almost immediately obvious. For instance, the way your teeth feel when you bite and chew can change, which can also indicate a potentially serious change in your bite’s function and balance. The consequences of losing a tooth’s root can take longer to become apparent, but the overall effect can also be more detrimental to your oral health. When they’re present, your teeth’s roots stimulate your jawbone, which is crucial to maintaining your dental ridge’s supply of minerals and nutrients. When the tooth root is lost, so is the stimulation it provided, which can lead to your jawbone weakening and increasing your risks of losing more teeth.
What dental implants do to prevent this
Most conventional dental restorations, such as dental bridges and dentures, can do an excellent job of replacing the visible parts of your lost teeth (called their crowns). When a restoration is supported by one or more dental implants, it can also replicate the stimulation that your lost teeth roots provided, as well as the support they gave your healthy teeth. Dental implants are biocompatible posts that your jawbone heals to after they’ve been placed in your dental ridge. The posts serve as prosthetic teeth roots that hold your restoration to your dental ridge with optimal comfort and stability. The posts also restore the stimulation in your dental ridge that it requires to maintain its healthy flow of nutrients.
Upgrading your existing restoration with implants
For patients who’ve experienced tooth loss and have already addressed it with a custom dental bridge or denture, the advantages of dental implants can be even more important. Over time, they may have already experienced a loss of mass and density in their jawbones. This means upgrading the restoration to a dental implant-supported one can be critical to preserving the rest of your dental ridge’s strong and healthy bone structure.
Learn how dental implants can preserve your smile
Their ability to more closely mimic your healthy, natural teeth and their roots gives dental implants an advantage in helping you avoid further tooth loss. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.