toring your smile after tooth loss isn’t just about filling in the gaps in it. This may be the most obvious benefit, but more importantly, replacing lost teeth should also reestablish the vital functions for which they’re responsible. To do this, you must also replace the roots of your lost teeth, which is something only dental implants are able to accomplish. Today, we examine the more comprehensive ways dental implants take on tooth loss, and the importance of rebuilding your smile from the foundation up.
If your teeth only consisted of the visible structures, known as the crowns, then losing one or more of them wouldn’t have such a devastating impact on your long-term oral health. At least, replacing your lost teeth to avoid any impacts would be much simpler. However, there’s more to healthy tooth than meets the eye, and it owes much of its strength to the root that anchors it within your jawbone. This root serves several purposes, one of which is to keep your jawbone’s nutrient supply steady by stimulating it. Lose a tooth root and this stimulation is reduced, which can cause you to lose mass and density in your jawbone.
Traditional bridges and dentures are designed to replace only the visible crowns of your teeth, and while they can closely mimic the appearance of your healthy teeth, they don’t come with the support of root-like anchors. Instead, traditional bridges rely on dental crowns that are bonded to nearby healthy teeth, while partial dentures consist of small clasps that fit around your natural teeth. Complete dentures, which span your entire dental ridge, may remain in place by the natural suction created by the curve of your dental ridge.
Modern dental bridges and dentures offer a high level of realism when restoring your smile, but mostly in just appearance. With the support of dental implants, however, your replacement teeth will act more like healthy, natural teeth, including stimulating your jawbone to keep your smile’s foundation strong and healthy.
Dental implants take on the task of rebuilding your smile after tooth loss by starting with your smile’s foundation. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.