Choices make life interesting. Choices also make your dental treatment more effective. Treating your oral health issues requires a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific situation. One thing that remains constant, however, is the need to preserve as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible, or effectively replace as much of it as you can if one or more teeth are lost. To accomplish this, your replacement teeth should stand on one or more dental implants, which unlike other options, can effectively replace the roots of your lost teeth.
Underneath the Surface
Dental bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures can mimic your natural teeth’s appearance and restore your mouth’s ability to bite, chew, and speak properly. What they cannot do, however, is replace the roots of your lost teeth, which used to extend below your gum line and into your jawbone. As prosthetic tooth roots, dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone to more closely resemble the structure and foundation of your natural teeth.
Continuing Benefits of Dental Implants
Aside from providing the most secure foundation for your replacement teeth, dental implants also serve a vital function in the preservation of your jawbone. Healthy roots are stimulated by the pressures of biting and chewing, which facilitates a healthy flow of nutrients to your jawbone. Losing teeth roots means losing some of your jawbone’s allocated nutrients and eventual jawbone deterioration. Inserting dental implants in place of lost tooth roots can help replace the root stimulation and preserve your jawbone’s integrity.