What Are The Long-Term Benefits Of Implant Dentistry?

The immediate benefit of prosthetic dental work – the restoration of your complete smile – can be enticing enough by itself. With that said, you should know that the right dental restoration can have important long-term benefits that you can appreciate over time. At our Katy, TX dentist’s office, we can talk with you about restoring your smile with a restoration held in place with a dental implant. An implant-held prosthetic can remain permanently in place without bothering neighboring teeth, and it can contribute to your biting and chewing functions. It can also provide continued stimulation for your jawbone, which keeps the bone healthy over time.

Implant-Held Restorations Can Lead To An Improved Bite Function

Tooth loss can make it uncomfortable for you to bite and chew, as you will have to work around a gap in your smile. The problem can become more difficult if you have more than one tooth missing – significant losses can even lead to a change in your diet. With an implant-held dental crown, you can trust that your restoration is up to the task of biting and chewing, so you no longer have to change the way you perform these tasks. Over time, this can protect neighboring teeth from wearing down, and it can reduce your risk for experiencing TMJ disorder after tooth loss.

A Dental Implant Can Keep Neighboring Teeth From Shifting

A dental implant is capable of holding a tooth in place without requiring any changes to neighboring teeth. This is different from a dental bridge, which is held in place by dental crowns that have to be set on the teeth surrounding your prosthetic. As an added benefit, the presence of your implant in your jawbone can limit movement of your neighboring teeth roots, so they are less likely to shift.

Dental Implants Help Preserve The Health Of Your Jaw

When teeth are lost, their roots are no longer present to stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew. As a result, you can start to lose mass in the bone, as that stimulation signals the need for nutrients. With dental implants, you can produce that stimulation again, and maintain the health and size of your jawbone. You can also address this problem after suffering advanced tooth loss, as we can talk with you about implant-held dentures.

Talk To Your Katy, TX Dentist About Implant Dentistry

At Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX, patients who are worried about their smile and dental health after tooth loss can meet with us to discuss the benefits of implant dentistry. With an implant (or multiple implants) in place to secure your prosthetic restoration, you can enjoy functional as well as cosmetic benefits from work to restore your full smile! To find out more, call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX, at 832-437-3849.