Even if you have never lost a tooth, much less several of them, you might understand the importance of replacing teeth with a dental bridge or dentures. By filling in the gaps in your smile, modern replacement teeth do more than just restore your smile’s appearance; they also help reestablish its function and preserve the rest of your oral health. However, in spite of the wide range of options, only dental implants are able to reestablish the functions of your lost teeth roots. By anchoring your prosthetic teeth, dental implants are sturdier, more realistic, and longer-lasting than traditional prosthetics, making them the better tooth replacement option for many patients.
Replacing Lost Teeth Roots Matters
A tooth is divided into two major parts; the crown, which sits above your gum line, and the root that extends into your jawbone, underneath your gum tissues. Prosthetic dentistry has historically focused on replacing lost tooth crowns so patients can once again bite and chew their food, speak clearly, and smile confidently. Now, however, dental implants can also replace the roots that supported your teeth in order to anchor your dental crown, partial denture, or complete denture just as securely.
Replacing Your Entire Tooth with an Implant
In addition to stabilizing your teeth, roots also help maintain the strength and integrity of your other oral structures, particularly your jawbone. Stimulated by biting and chewing, teeth roots help stimulate a healthy nutrient flow, feeding your jawbone enough nutrition to stay strong and healthy enough to support your teeth. After being surgically-inserted into your jawbone, dental implants can provide the same stimulation, which in turn helps keep your jawbone strong and reduce your risks of further tooth loss.
Replace Your Lost Teeth with Dental Implants
While you have several choices for replacing lost teeth, dental implants are often the better option thanks to their ability to replace lost teeth roots. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.