One of the most important goals of replacing one or more lost teeth is to restore the healthy appearance of your smile. Another is to reestablish your bite’s full ability to function properly. In many cases, traditional tooth replacement options (such as bridges and dentures) can help you accomplish both of these goals with a highly level of cosmetic realism. However, many of the more important roles of your healthy, natural teeth revolve around the roots that support them. When you experience tooth loss, only dental implants can replace these roots, allowing them to restore more of your bite function and oral health than conventional restorations can.
Stability when you bite and chew
As their name suggests, your teeth roots act as anchors for your teeth, stabilizing them when you bite and chew your food throughout the day. This stability is key to your bite’s function and ability to process your foods and beverages, but it’s something that conventional dental prostheses are unable to replicate. Dental implants mimic the functions of your healthy, natural teeth roots, such as anchoring your dental crown, bridge, or denture to your dental ridge in a way that closely mimics your healthy teeth and natural roots. With the support of dental implant posts, your replacement teeth can enjoy nearly the same level of stability when you bite, chew, speak, and smile.
Stimulation in your dental ridge’s bone structure
Stabilizing your teeth when you bite and chew is only part of the overall functions that your healthy teeth roots are responsible for. They’re also essential to stimulating your jawbone when you bite and chew, which is key to maintaining a healthy flow of nutrient-rich blood to your upper and lower dental ridges. Replacing lost teeth without replacing their roots won’t be able to address the loss of stimulation in your jawbone. However, when it’s supported by one or more dental implant posts, your restoration can act more like your natural teeth by restoring the role of their teeth roots in your jawbone’s preservation.
Confidence in a more lifelike smile restoration
When you know that your replacement teeth are as comfortable, secure, and functional as your healthy, natural teeth, you can enjoy a much higher level of confidence in your smile. The highly lifelike restoration won’t shift or move because it’s anchored in place, and the restoration of your teeth roots will help preserve the health, integrity, and appearance of your smile and surrounding facial structures.
Learn what dental implants can restore for you
Replacing your lost teeth roots with dental implants can restore much more of your bite function than a traditional restoration may be able to. 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.