When you experience tooth loss, the condition can result in several different long-term concerns for your smile. That’s because, to remain healthy and fully functional, your bite requires a full set of teeth to work with. While conventional dental prostheses like dental bridges and dentures can replace the parts of your teeth responsible for biting and chewing, the addition of dental implants gives them the ability to rebuild your smile more comprehensively. Implant posts, which are fashioned to replace lost teeth roots, can be used to support a prosthesis of any size (i.e., dental crown, bridge, or denture) with enhanced support and stimulation for your smile.
They do more than offer support
The main point of teeth roots (and therefore, dental implants) is to support the crowns of your teeth as you bite and chew your food. Being held securely by your jawbone, roots and implant posts ensure that your teeth don’t shift or move out of place from the repeated pressures of your bite. However, roots and implant posts also stimulate your jaw through that pressure, which is vital to maintaining a healthy flow of nutrients to your jaw and teeth.
They can upgrade your existing prosthesis
Patients who have recently lost teeth are often excited to learn about the many benefits of dental implants. However, those who already wear a dental bridge or denture may not realize that they, too, can benefit from advanced dental implants. Implant posts can be inserted into your jawbone to support a new, lifelike prostheses designed to accept the implants. With an appropriate number of posts, your bridge or denture will no longer lose its grip and shift uncomfortably along your dental ridges and gums.
Learn More About the Value of Dental Implants
Dental implants add more value to your long-term oral health than other, more conventional replacement teeth can provide. For more information on how to prevent tooth loss, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.