Although advanced dentistry can help save your smile from almost any dental issue, there are still occasions when tooth loss is imminent, such as from dental trauma or severe periodontal disease. As impressive as preventive dental treatments are, our ability to replace the entire structure of a lost tooth is even more so. As a periodontal specialist, Dr. Kania is specially trained to restore teeth and their foundations. Today, we help you gain a better understanding of tooth loss and the benefits of dental implants.
The Details of Tooth Loss
To understand why dental implants are such an important advancement, you must first understand the continuing consequences of tooth loss. Aside from the obvious gap in your smile, the vacancy in your jawbone left by missing teeth roots can also affect your oral health. Healthy roots are stimulated when you bite and chew, and this stimulation prompts your body to send enough nutrients to your jaw to support them. Your body registers the loss of these roots, and adjusts your jawbone’s nutrient supply accordingly. Fewer nutrients can eventually lead to a deficiency that causes gradual jawbone deterioration. This can lead to facial collapse and your jaw’s reduced ability to retain your other teeth, causing further tooth loss down the road.
Why Dental Implants Are Beneficial
Shaped like a natural tooth’s root, a dental implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone, which fuses to the biocompatible implant and holds it in place securely. Once your jawbone has healed, the implant acts as an anchor for your replacement teeth. However, a sturdy base is only part of the advantages of dental implants. By replacing your teeth’s roots, implants can help restore the stimulation that your jawbone relies on to remain strong and healthy, reducing your risks of more extensive tooth loss in the future.
Ask Dr. Kania if You Can Benefit from Dental Implants
If you’ve lost one, several, or all of your teeth, then speak with Dr. Kania about the benefits of replacing them with dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.