Just because you’ve lost a tooth, or more, doesn’t mean your days of confident smiles are over. You have several options for tooth replacement, depending on your specific needs, and most provide lifelike cosmetic results that make them indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Only one option, though, is able to replace all that you lost, including the roots that supported your missing teeth from within your jawbone. Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials, like titanium, so your jawbone bonds to them, supporting the implants like it does your teeth’s roots.
Enjoy Better Support
Conventional dental bridges and dentures are advanced enough to blend in with your smile, but they rely on surrounding teeth and your dental ridge for support. As such, the teeth that carry a dental bridge or the carefully-crafted clasps of a partial denture can eventually lose the support they offer your replacement teeth.
By contrast, dental implants describe small, root-like posts that are inserted into the jawbone, mimicking teeth roots. Your dental crown, partial, or full denture can be supported by one or more implants to create highly-realistic replacement teeth that include supportive roots.
Long-Term Benefits of Dental Implants
Sturdy support for your dental prosthesis can make a world of difference every time you bite, chew, and speak. However, the immediate support is not the only good thing about dental implants. Your long-term dental health also benefits from replacing lost teeth roots; for instance, your jawbone regains stimulation, which maintains a steady supply of necessary nutrients. Restoring the stimulation with one or more implants prevents the jawbone from losing density, and reduces your risks of losing more teeth due to inadequate support.