Being proud of your smile is about more than how it looks. You should also be able to bite, chew, and speak comfortably in addition to smile confidently. When you lose one or more teeth, your pride in your smile can diminish along with each of these factors. Therefore, the most appropriate tooth replacement option should address all of them. In many cases, dental implants are the best option because they work to address all of the consequences that can result from tooth loss. That includes the long-term effects on your jawbone and oral health that result from the loss of healthy teeth roots.
The Immediate Benefits of Implants
If you already wear a traditional dental bridge, partial, or full denture, then the most immediate benefit you may notice of dental implants is the improved comfort and stability they provide. Dental implant posts are inserted into your jawbone to restore the functions of your lost teeth roots. Rather than having to rely on nearby teeth, hidden clasps, and adhesives to stay in place, your implant-supported restoration can be secured to one or more root-like posts. Dental implants eliminate the risk of your replacement teeth growing loose and shifting uncomfortably when you speak, bite, and chew.
The Longer-Term Advantages
With a more secure dental prosthesis, you can be more confident that your replacement teeth will remain discreet when you smile. However, replacing lost teeth roots also reestablishes their vital long-term functions—most importantly, stimulating your jawbone. Stimulated teeth roots signal your body to send your jawbone enough nutrients for itself and the teeth that it supports. Losing a root results in your body sending fewer nutrients, which can lead to the gradual degradation of your jawbone.
Find Out if Dental Implants Can Work for You
There are any benefits to replacing lost teeth with dental implants. Some of them may take years to become apparent. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.