Losing a tooth as an adult can make a big difference on your smile’s appearance. Losing a tooth can also take a toll on your abilities to chew, bite, and even speak. Did you know that a missing tooth can also lead to a loss of bone density in the jawbone supporting your teeth? This loss of bone density can weaken your jaw, which can endanger the remaining natural teeth in your mouth and even any replacement prosthetic teeth. A dental implant can provide the much needed support to restore your smile and it’s abilities. More importantly a dental implant can help defend against potential bone loss in your jaw.
Protecting Against Bone Loss
The natural roots of your teeth provide much needed stimulation to your jawbone. Without this needed stimulation from your tooth’s roots, the body believes that the bone is no longer important. That causes your body to stop sending necessary minerals to the bone. The body may even begin to take away vital minerals from the jawbone resulting in the loss of bone density. Bone loss can lead to a softening, weakening, and even a reshaping of the jaw. A dental implant is inserted in place of your natural roots. Your jawbone will fuse to the inserted implant and that will cause the necessary stimulation to prevent the loss of bone density.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a biocompatible titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone to replace the roots of your missing tooth. The implant is placed in a precise place so that it can withstand pressures from chewing, biting, and speaking. The implant can support a prosthetic restoration that will act like the tooth; much like the roots of your natural tooth support the body of the tooth. A restoration such as a crown, bridge, or dentures can be supported by the implant.
Dental implants can play an important role in your smile.
Ask your dentist if a dental implant-supported prosthesis is right for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.