Prosthetic appliances like bridges and dentures may appear to be adequate replacements for missing teeth, but in reality, they fall far short of replicating the structure of a tooth. Dental implants, in comparison, replicate a complete tooth, including the root, which offers a number of benefits for your oral health and your overall well-being.
Many patients take the teeth’s roots for granted because we cannot see them. However, that structure plays an important role in the health and function of your teeth and jaw. Not only does the root anchor the tooth’s crown, it also anchors the jawbone material.
Dental implants, in comparison, replicate a complete tooth, including the root, which offers a number of benefits for your oral health and your overall well-being.
Your dentist will surgically place the implant into your jaw, and over the course of the next few months, the implant will bond with the bone material. Structurally, the implant is quite similar to a biological tooth’s root.
By serving as artificial teeth roots, dental implants help to stabilize the jaw, which will erode in the absence of a tooth’s root. When the root structure is not replaced, this jawbone atrophy can compromise the attachment of other neighboring teeth.
Dental implants also are self-supporting, which means that they require no structural support from surrounding teeth. This also reduces the patient’s chances of experiencing additional tooth loss, as healthy tooth enamel doesn’t need to be sacrificed to place a crown to secure the prosthetic.
Because dental implants are secured into the jaw, they are able to tolerate chewing forces similar to those that biological teeth can withstand. This characteristic allows dental implant patients to enjoy a wider variety of foods, even crunchy ones!
Convenience is another advantage of dental implants, which require no special oral hygiene care beyond the good, thorough brushing and flossing that you’re (hopefully) already doing on a daily basis.
Patients gain a number of benefits when they choose dental implants for tooth replacement. Discuss this treatment option with our dentists at Balcones Family Dental to learn more about how dental implants can have a long-term positive impact on your oral health. Call 512-200-7422 for an appointment today.