Do you need to replace a missing tooth or teeth? If so, you should take a close look at dental implants as a possible treatment option. These devices offer the only structurally complete tooth replacement available. Having a prosthetic root and crown offers patients numerous benefits.
Any patient who has experienced tooth loss should at least consult with an implant dentist to learn more about all of the treatment options available to them.
Structure And Function of Biological Teeth
A biological tooth consists of a crown, which is visible above the gumline, and a root, which is anchored into the underlying jawbone. While we tend to pay the most attention to the crowns of our teeth because we can see them, the roots are just as important – if not more so – to our smiles.
Not only does a tooth’s root provide a stable and secure source of support for the crown of a natural tooth, it also stabilizes the surrounding jawbone. The roots also confer the tooth’s ability to chew, as they are able to withstand strong forces needed to thoroughly process our foods.
How Dental Implants Mimic Biological Teeth
Dental implants approximate the structure of biological teeth because the implants serve as artificial tooth roots. After the implant dentist inserts them into the jaw, the surrounding bone tissue fuses with them and they become permanent fixtures in the jaw.
After that osseointegration is complete, the implants serve as pseudo-roots to secure various appliances, like crowns, bridges and dentures. In contrast, conventional prosthetics, like fixed dental bridges and dentures, do not offer a complete tooth replacement.
The Value of A Structurally Complete Tooth Replacement
Why does replacing the root and the crown of your missing tooth matter? Well, an implant-supported restoration has various advantages over its conventional counterpart. Dental implants are more:
You, too, may be able to benefit from these characteristics of dental implants as you work to restore your smile after tooth loss. Will dental implants be the best choice for you? Visit our office for an evaluation to find out. Call Crosspointe Dental & Orthodontics today to schedule your appointment.