The importance of replacing lost teeth is often obvious. Besides fixing the visible impact on your smile’s appearance, the right tooth replacement option can also restore your bite’s ability to function, as well as several other vital processes required to maintain your optimal oral health. However, it’s also important how you choose to replace your lost teeth. For example, patients in Encinitas/San Diego who’ve experienced tooth loss often benefit most from replacing them with dental implants. The prosthetic posts, which are meant to replace your lost teeth roots, offer several important advantages that other prosthetic options can’t.
How they work with replacement teeth
The point of dental implant posts is to enhance a traditional dental bridge or denture by anchoring it in place the way roots anchor your healthy, natural teeth. First, an appropriate number of implant posts are inserted into the jawbone. After the jawbone has healed, which can take 4-6 months, a custom-designed prosthesis can be attached to the posts to complete the restoration. Together, dental implants and a crown, bridge, or denture can rebuild a smile with better and more comprehensive results than traditional tooth replacement options.
How they work with other oral structures
For a dental prosthesis, dental implants are an innovative support system that significantly improves their comfort and function. However, the benefits of dental implants also extend the jawbone and other structures surrounding your smile. For example, when a tooth root is lost, the jawbone doesn’t receive as much stimulation as it used to when you bite and chew. The result is a gradual loss of your jawbone structure that can visibly affect your facial structures and raise your risks of further tooth loss.
Learn more about dental implants
In addition to the fact they eliminate the need for clasps and adhesives, dental implants offer several important advantages for your oral health following tooth loss. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.