Adult teeth are meant to last you a lifetime. So, unlike when you were a kid and lost a baby tooth, another tooth will not grow into replace a lost adult tooth. Losing a tooth as a grown up means losing a tooth permanently. Tooth loss can have a lot of negative effects on your smile that go beyond appearance. Tooth loss can lead to decreased bone density in your jawbone, a shifting of your other teeth, and uneven biting and chewing for your other teeth, which can ultimately lead to damage and decay. Dental implants act as replacements for a lost tooth’s roots, and can be an important part of restoring your smile after tooth loss.
#1: A More Realistic Appearance
A crown, a bridge, and full or partial dentures can all be forms of replacement teeth. The form that is right for your smile will be determined by how many teeth you lost and where in your smile they were. Pairing a restoration with a dental implant gives the appearance that the replacement is much closer to the gums. This will leave a more natural, realistic appearance for your smile.
#2: Protection Your Jawbone
As mentioned above, tooth loss can lead to a loss of bone in the jaw. That is because your natural teeth’s roots stimulate the supporting bone, which prompts your body to send it minerals. A dental implant can replace that stimulation to keep the essential nutrients flowing to your jawbone.
#3: Durable and Longlasting
Dental implants are made from titanium, which is a very durable material. Barring any major complications, a dental implant is designed to last a lifetime for your smile.
#4: Stable Restorations
Instead of using denture adhesive or clips for your bridge, a restoration paired with dental implants can be permanently attached to the dental implant. This can provide stability and permanence for a dental prosthetic.
Dental implants can help to restore your smile’s health
If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants can help you restore your smile. To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.