Why Are Dental Implants Important?

January 9, 2018

Losing a tooth when you are an adult is a much different experience than losing a tooth as a child. A missing tooth can make a big difference in your appearance. It can also affect your abilities to chew, bite, and speak. Losing a tooth can also lead to a loss of bone density in the jawbone that supports your teeth. A loss of bone density can weaken your jaw, which endangers your remaining natural teeth in your mouth and any replacement teeth. Dental implants can provide much needed support to restore your smile and help defend against potential bone loss in your jaw. 

Defense Against Bone Loss

The natural roots of your teeth stimulate your jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the roots are also lost. Without this necessary stimulation from your tooth’s roots, the body assumes that the jawbone is no longer important. This assumption causes your body to stop sending necessary minerals to the bone and it may even begin to take away vital minerals from the jawbone. This can result in the loss of bone density in the jaw. Bone density loss can lead to a softening, weakening, and possibly a reshaping of the jaw. A dental implant acts as a replacement for the roots of your tooth. When inserted, your jawbone will fuse to the implant, which can cause the necessary stimulation to defend against bone loss.

Supporting Your Smile

A dental implant is a bio-compatible titanium post that is inserted directly and precisely into the jawbone. The implant is placed in a very specific location so that it can withstand pressures from chewing, biting, and speaking. A dental implant can support a prosthetic restoration that will act like the body of the tooth. Prosthetic restorations like a crownbridge, or dentures can all be supported by a dental implant.

Dental Implants Defend Against Bone Loss While Supporting Your Smile.

Ask your dentist if a dental implant is right for your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.