When it comes to restoring a tooth that’s compromised in some way, the goal is to help the tooth regain its function and preserve what remains of its healthy, natural structure. However, when a tooth is lost or extracted, that’s no longer possible, and restoring your smile depends on replacing the tooth in order to restore its proper function. This means the more lifelike your dental prosthesis is, the better job it can do of restoring your smile. That’s also why dental implants often make the ideal solution for replacing one or more lost teeth.
The problems that come with tooth loss
When you’re restoring your tooth or smile for any reason, one of the most important first steps is to determine the precise nature and extent of the condition. With tooth loss, this isn’t always obvious at first; in addition to the lost tooth or teeth, there may also be one or more underlying factors that are compromising the foundations of your smile. This concern is compounded by the affect of losing a tooth’s natural crown and root structure, which can affect everything from your bite’s balance and function to the health and integrity of your remaining natural teeth.
What your restoration needs to accomplish
To restore a smile that’s lost one or more teeth, a custom designed dental prosthesis must accomplish several things. For instance, the most effective tooth replacement options are those that blend in so naturally with the teeth around them that they’re nearly indistinguishable, ensuring that the restoration properly restores balance when you bite and chew. However, for optimal results, your replacement teeth should also restore the vital functions of the roots that supported your natural teeth. These not only offer greater stability when you bite and chew, but are also essential to maintaining a consistent and healthy flow of nutrients to your jawbone structure.
Why dental implants offer more lifelike results
For a modern dental prosthesis to restore all of the functions of your lost teeth roots, it requires support similar to what your healthy, natural teeth rely on. Dental implant posts are designed to replicate that support by replacing the roots of your lost teeth and anchoring your dental prosthesis to your dental ridge in a similar manner. With the support of one or more biocompatible dental implants, your replacement crown, bridge, or denture can successfully restore your smile by reestablishing more of your natural teeth’s functions.
Restore your smile after experiencing tooth loss
Fully restoring your smile after tooth loss means choosing a prosthesis that restores as much of your tooth structure and bite function as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.