The loss of a single tooth can have an adverse effect on your smile, and can make chewing and speaking uncomfortable. What you might not realize is that tooth loss can have effects that go beyond these immediate concerns. Teeth neighboring an absence have less support, and they face a greater risk of falling out. The loss of a tooth root can lead to bone loss in your jawbone. With a dental implant, your dentist can provide you with a replacement tooth that is anchored to your jaw, much like a tooth is anchored by its root. This can provide a stable replacement that can hold up against the daily demands of biting and chewing, as well as help fight jawbone depletion.
1. The Implant Serves As A Tooth Root For Your Replacement Tooth
With a dental implant, your replacement tooth is held in place in a system that mirrors natural tooth support. A single implant can support a single lost tooth, while multiple implants can be placed in order to support multiple replacements. You can even use implants to support dentures.
2. You Can Keep Your Replacement Tooth Stable Without Affecting Neighboring Teeth
A dental bridge requires your dentist to place dental crowns on the adjacent teeth, which help keep your bridge in place. While this system provides a stable hold, a dental implant offers security for your prosthetic without affecting neighboring teeth.
3. You Can Fight Bone Loss In Your Jawbone
Over time, the loss of a tooth or teeth can lead to bone loss in your jawbone. Even with a prosthetic, the bone surrounding a missing tooth root can recede. Dental implants fuse with your jawbone, and prevent this loss.