Bouncing back from any oral health concern is about more than just dealing with the issue at hand. To protect your smile and oral health from problems in the future, your treatment should also focus on preserving your healthy, natural teeth and oral tissues as much as possible. In the case of tooth loss, this is especially important. Losing a tooth can have devastating consequences in nearly every aspect of your oral health. Fortunately, dental implants can make it easier to address all of those consequences and help you preserve more of your healthy smile long into the future.
Your restoration can function better
One of the first considerations to address when it comes to treating tooth loss is restoring the full function of your bite. Your teeth are the most active parts of your body, and the pressures of biting and chewing your food constantly can be a lot to take. Losing a tooth can throw your bite off balance and lead to several other concerns with your remaining healthy teeth. To help restore as much of this function as possible, dental implants are designed to give your replacement tooth or teeth a higher level of stability than traditional restorations. They do this by mimicking the healthy, natural roots of your teeth, and offering your restoration the same type of anchored support.
Your jawbone is stimulated again
When your dental restoration has the support of root-like dental implants, it’s able to absorb more of your bite’s pressure, making it function better than a traditional restoration. The dental implant post also utilizes this pressure the same way your natural teeth roots do – to stimulate the jawbone structure surrounding it. The stimulation your teeth roots provide is essential to maintaining a healthy flow of nutrient-rich blood to all of your jawbone structure. After losing teeth roots, the bone structure in those areas can resorb, making your dental ridge shrink over time.
Your jawbone and oral structures benefit more
Restoring stimulation with an appropriate number of dental implants can help you better preserve your smile by preventing the loss of jawbone mass and density following tooth loss. This has a significant advantage to your long-term oral health. Over time, jawbone erosion can lead to the loss of one or more teeth as their supportive structures become too weak to sustain them. It can also impact your face’s visible appearance, as surrounding facial structures that rely on your healthy jawbone can begin to shrink, or seem to collapse.
Learn how dental implants can preserve your smile
Replacing lost teeth is as much about preserving your oral health as it is restoring your smile. In several ways, dental implants can make achieving this goal much easier. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.