What Dental Implants Really Do for Your Smile

The greatest thing about dental implants isn’t that they’re relatively new compared to other prosthesis. It’s that they do something that others can’t – replace your lost teeth roots. For patients in Encinitas/San Diego who’ve experienced tooth loss, dental implants can do significantly more for their smiles than conventional bridges and dentures, especially when it comes to the long-term health and integrity of their smiles.

Keep replacement teeth from shifting

Patients who’ve worn dentures for a while know that, over time, the prosthesis can begin to shift and move along the dental ridge, causing a great deal of discomfort. This caused by a number of reasons (most importantly, your changing jawbone structure), but by anchoring your prosthesis in place with dental implants, it will not be able to shift, slide, or fall out. This makes your prosthesis more lifelike as well as more comfortable and stable.

Stop your jawbone from growing weak

Dental implants consist of small, root-like posts that that are implanted into your jawbone. In addition to keeping your prosthesis steady, this also solves the problem of reduced stimulation that leads to the degradation and weakening of your jawbone following tooth loss. This degradation is the reason why tooth loss patients experience changing jawbone structures that lead to shifting bridges and dentures.

Rebuild your smile and facial features

Aside from a shifting dental bridge or denture, the loss of your teeth roots can also dramatically affect the appearance of your smile and facial features. A smaller, weaker jawbone can cause your cheeks and other surrounding structures to sag, while the jawbone itself can affect the fullness and vitality of your smile. Dental implants help prevent these consequences by reestablishing the vital stimulation that your teeth roots once provided.

Learn what implants can do for your smile

With one or more dental implants, you can avoid many of the complications that follow tooth loss even after the placement of a traditional prosthesis. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.