With the goal of preserving your smile as well as restoring it, we often recommend replacing lost teeth with an appropriate number of dental implants. Unlike conventional prosthetics, such as dental bridges and dentures, implants offer the unique benefit of replacing your lost teeth roots. This gives them the ability to support your bridge or denture in the same way that roots support your healthy, natural teeth, helping you avoid more of the serious consequences that result from tooth loss.
The Importance of Tooth Loss
Your smile’s appearance isn’t the only thing that tooth loss affects. The empty space among the ranks of your teeth can cause them to shift towards the space, leading to tooth misalignment. This can also affect how well your bite functions and place undue stress on your jaw’s joints. What you may not notice, however, is how the loss of your tooth’s root affects your jawbone. Without the stimulation it once provided, the lost root can cause your jawbone to lose some of its mass and density. Over time, this increases your risks of further tooth loss, and the only way to reestablish the stimulation is with a lifelike dental implant post.
The Role of Dental Implants
While a dental bridge or denture can restore your smile’s appearance and ability to function, the role of dental implants is to offer your prosthetic the most lifelike support. Depending on how many teeth you’ve lost, your dentist can suggest one or several implant posts to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture. With the aid of the posts, your replacement teeth will do as much for your long-term oral health as they do for your smile’s immediate appearance and function.
Learn How to Keep Your Smile with Implants
After tooth loss, your oral health will face a variety of complications, most of which can be addressed with one or more dental implants. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Gentle Smiles in Dallas, TX, today at 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE).