When it comes to different types of dental treatments designed to address the same issue, the best way to choose is to weigh the benefits of each. In the case of rebuilding your smile after tooth loss, those benefits include the comfort and stability of your restoration as well as how much of your tooth’s function the prosthesis can restore. With dental implants, we can often restore more of your tooth’s lost structure and function by providing a replacement for the tooth’s root. To fully understand the advantages of dental implants, you have to understand the implications of losing this root.
How tooth loss really affects your oral health
Losing one or more teeth can be more impactful for your smile than you realize. Besides its appearance, tooth loss also diminishes your bite’s ability to function properly, and the overall balance of the rest of your oral structures. What you may not see, however, is how the loss of your tooth’s root affects your oral health – particularly, the jawbone structure that supports your teeth roots. Your teeth roots are the main source of stimulation in this structure, and stimulation is vital to maintaining a healthy flow of nutrients. As both of these diminish due to the loss of a tooth root, the strength and integrity of your smile’s foundation becomes increasingly more compromised.
The different way implants replace lost teeth
Given the importance of your teeth to your daily life, it’s no surprise that tooth replacement has long been an important part of restorative dentistry. However, restorations designed to replace lost teeth typically focus on the visible portions of your lost teeth, called their crowns. Dental implants are the next evolution of tooth replacement and are the only solution to replace the roots of your lost teeth, as well. One or more dental implant posts can be inserted where teeth roots have been lost, then utilized to support a restoration that replicates your lost teeth crowns.
What this means for your smile in the long run
There are many different benefits that come with replacing lost teeth roots, some of which are immediately noticeable and some of which help preserve your long-term oral health. For example, having one or a series of root-like posts anchoring your restoration in place provides greater comfort and stability when you bite and chew, so you can enjoy a wider variety of foods. The posts also reestablish the stimulation in your jawbone that your lost teeth roots were responsible for, which helps you better preserve your healthy, natural smile for life.
Learn if you can benefit from dental implants
Dental implants provide more advantages when replacing lost teeth than other restorations are able to provide. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.