Losing one or more teeth presents a crossroad for your oral health. If you ignore your lost teeth, then their absence can continue affecting the health and integrity of your smile. However, by replacing them, you can avoid many of these consequences and regain your bite’s proper function. If you choose to replace your lost teeth, then your prosthetic choice can also affect your long-term oral health. For instance, only dental implants can replace your missing teeth roots, which can help you avoid some of the more serious, long-term effects of tooth loss.
The Support Your Teeth Need
Dental implants are small posts that reestablish the functions of your lost teeth roots. The posts are implanted into your jawbone and can serve as anchors for a replacement crown, bridge, or denture (depending on the extent of your tooth loss). By securing your prosthesis to dental implants, your replacement teeth will more closely resemble your healthy, natural teeth in both appearance and function. With the support of implant posts, your prosthesis also won’t need the support of healthy tooth structure, hidden clasps, or adhesives to remain stable.
The Stimulation Your Jawbone Needs
In addition to supporting your teeth, roots also keep your jawbone strong and healthy by stimulating it every time you bite and chew. While traditional dental prostheses can restore your bite’s function, they can’t reestablish this stimulation without the help of dental implant posts. With one or more implants in place, your replacement teeth will be able to preserve your jawbone and oral health as well as restore your smile’s function and appearance.
Learn More About Benefiting from Dental Implants
Dental implants offer significantly improved comfort and stability for your replacement teeth, but they also offer significant benefits for your long-term oral health. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, at (724) 285-4153. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.