The need to replace a missing tooth can sometimes seem obvious. Besides the appearance of your smile after losing the tooth, you might also notice its absence in the way your teeth feel when you bite and chew, or how you enunciate certain words. However, the importance of choosing the right replacement option might not be as obvious. In addition to replacing the visible part of your tooth, it’s also essential to address the loss of your tooth’s root. That’s why increasingly more patients are choosing to enhance their dental bridges and dentures with the help of dental implants.
What dental implants are made for
A typical dental bridge or denture is designed to be as lifelike as possible in its appearance. That includes closely mimicking the size, shape, and contour of your healthy, natural teeth, as well as their unique color and appearance, to blend in naturally with your smile. Yet, dental implants are designed to replace the roots of your lost teeth, which rest underneath the gums and within your jawbone structure. The nature and function of your healthy teeth roots are highly intricate, and conventional bridges and dentures perform more comfortably and effectively when supported by implants that mimic them.
The improvement to your restoration
There are many different benefits that come with supporting your bridge or denture on dental implants. Many of them include direct improvements to the comfort and stability of your restoration. With one or more dental implants to anchor it in place, your dental bridge or denture will be able to handle a wider variety of foods, including many of which you may have had to give up on for the sake of your conventional restoration. This also means your bridge or denture won’t lost its grip over time, which can cause it to shift painfully every time you bite and chew.
The benefit to your oral health
The function of your restoration is important for your oral health in general, but dental implants also provide several direct benefits to the health and integrity of your oral structures. For instance, one of your teeth roots’ main purposes is to stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew, promoting a healthy flow of nutrients to help it maintain its strength and integrity. Dental implants are the only solution for reestablishing this stimulation after you’ve lost one or more teeth roots, making them essential to preserving the long-term health and integrity of your smile.
Learn if implants can improve your bridge or denture
While most modern dental bridges and dentures can restore smiles with lifelike results, only dental implants can offer the support that your natural teeth roots were meant to provide. To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI, today at (248) 852-1820.