Dental implants aren’t a secret in the world of dental health care, or to people who’ve lost teeth and need to replace them. However, the particular ways in which dental implants benefit your oral health and rebuild your bite’s function aren’t widely known, nor is the importance of replacing the roots of your lost teeth to your long-term oral health. Today, we examine why dental implants are an important part of restoring many patients’ smiles, and why they may be the best option for addressing your tooth loss, as well.

Why roots matter to your healthy teeth

Your healthy, natural teeth rely on their roots in more ways than you might realize at first. The fact that they give your teeth a higher level of stability when you bite and chew may be obvious, but the role they play in translating bite pressure into stimulation for your jawbone structure may not be. Your healthy teeth roots are the key factor in stimulating your jawbone and promoting a healthy flow of minerals and nutrients to it. Losing teeth roots means losing some of this stimulation, and as a result, some of your jawbone’s supply of nutrients.

Why dental implants matter to replacement teeth

Replacing lost teeth has always been a part of professional dental care, but dental implants have only been a part of that process for several decades. This isn’t because teeth roots aren’t important to replace, but rather because doing so is a complicated process that wasn’t feasible until dental implants evolved. Dental implant posts are small, root-like posts that mimic the function of your natural teeth roots. Once they’re placed within your jawbone, one or more implant posts can support a custom-designed dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost and need to replace.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

The good thing about dental implants is that most people who experience tooth loss, whether it’s recent or occurred long ago, can be a good candidate for receiving them. The main concerns to qualifying for dental implant treatment include ensuring that your gums are healthy and free of disease, and that your jawbone structure is strong and healthy enough to support the posts. If necessary, you may require additional treatment to prepare your smile to successfully receive dental implants.

Learn about the benefits of dental implants

With the benefit of dental implants, you can more fully restore your smile and enjoy a prosthesis that more closely mimics your healthy, natural teeth. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.