When you lose one or more teeth, the consequences of the loss can sometimes be more profound than you realize at first. Not only will the missing tooth or teeth impact your smile’s appearance (sometimes, significantly), but they can also negatively affect everything from how your bite functions to how successfully you can retain the rest of your healthy, natural teeth. When it comes to replacing your lost teeth, the ultimate goal is to restore your smile by reestablishing their vital functions. For many people, this means dental implants can offer the most comprehensive option for restoring and rebuilding their smiles.
Adding dental implants to your restoration
Dental implants aren’t the only option for replacing teeth that have been lost or extracted. Traditionally, people who’ve needed to restore their smiles after tooth loss have done so successfully with the help of custom-designed dental bridges, partial dentures, and complete dentures. These restorations are able to restore your smile by replacing the visible parts of your lost teeth, which are known as their crowns. When you add one or more dental implants to your restoration, it’s also able to replace the roots of your lost teeth, which rested within sockets in your jawbone structure.
Improving your restoration’s functionality
The healthy root of your natural tooth is an important factor in the tooth’s overall health, strength, and integrity. Being rooted to your dental ridge allows your teeth to absorb an enormous amount of bite pressure effectively and without moving or shifting out of place. While conventional bridges and dentures can remain secure for years, their stability is limited due to a lack of root-like anchors. Placing dental implants in your dental ridge and securing your custom restoration to them can more effectively mimic the natural design of your teeth and their ability to stabilize your bite.
Restoring the stimulation in your dental ridge
Mimicking the natural design of your healthy teeth, including their roots, enables your restoration to more effectively restore your bite’s balance and oral health after experiencing tooth loss. After losing one or more teeth, the absence of their roots can have a significant impact on your dental ridge, such as causing it to lose mass and density due to lack of stimulation. By replacing your lost teeth roots, dental implants can also provide other essential benefits to your oral health, such as restoring the stimulation in your dental ridge that your teeth roots are meant to provide.
Learn if dental implants can restore your smile
If you’ve experienced tooth loss, then biocompatible dental implants may be able to restore and preserve more of your smile than you expect. To learn more, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234.