Tooth loss doesn’t just make your smile less attractive. It can also have a negative effect on your health. Fortunately, dental implants can help patients overcome the challenges presented by tooth loss.
A complete smile is more effective at chewing the variety of food needed to provide all of the nutrition you need, and it also helps to stabilize the jaw and prevent bone loss. Therefore, the type of tooth replacement you choose after tooth loss can have benefits to or consequences for yourself.
When an oral surgeon places a dental implant, the prosthetic tooth is structurally complete, consisting of both an artificial “root” as well as a prosthetic crown (or bridge or denture, depending on the patient’s needs). This characteristic of dental implants helps to restore much of the functionality of the missing tooth in addition to addressing tooth loss’s aesthetic effects on the smile.
Furthermore, the connection between the implant and the jaw allows the implant to participate more fully in the chewing process, so patients who select dental implants usually can continue to enjoy a varied, nutritious diet.
Alternative tooth replacements, like conventional dental bridges or dentures, lack such a stabilizing structure under the gumline. Therefore, the jaw bone will slowly erode, increasing the risk that other teeth that remain in the mouth will be lost. Additionally, standard dental bridges and dentures may not be as effective at chewing because there is no connection to the bone that facilitates the tolerance of stronger chewing forces.
In order to benefit from dental implants, however, your oral surgeon must make sure that you are a good candidate for the treatment. You need to have enough bone to support the formation of the bond between the bone and the dental implant. If you have experienced bone loss in addition to tooth loss, you may need to undergo a bone graft to get supplemental bone at the implant site.
After suffering tooth loss, you have different options to restore your smile. When you choose a more lifelike option, like a dental implant, you will gain some health benefits from doing so. Want to learn more about this aspect of dental implants? Ask one of our knowledgeable staff members.