In the not-too-distant past, losing a tooth meant the end of an era for your smile. You could replace the visible portion of the lost tooth, known as the crown, with a dental bridge, but the consequences of tooth loss (such as jawbone erosion) would continue, causing more oral health complications in the future. Fortunately, tooth loss no longer has to mean the end of your smile as you know it. With a custom, dental implant-supported restoration, you can completely replace your tooth, including the root that helps keep your jawbone strong and healthy.
How Tooth Loss Could End Your Smile
The reason why tooth loss continues to affect your smile even after you’ve received a dental bridge or denture is because the root of your lost teeth plays a significant role in your long-term oral health. Besides holding your teeth steady, healthy roots also stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew, which invites a healthy supply of nutrients to your jawbone and teeth. When you lose a root, your jawbone gets fewer nutrients, even if you replace the crowns of your lost teeth.
How Dental Implants Can Restore It
Fortunately, modern dentistry has provided the perfect answer for preventing the consequences of tooth loss. Dental implants are small posts that mimic healthy teeth roots and can be inserted into your jawbone to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Each post is carefully placed to withstand a maximum amount of bite pressure, allowing you to restore a maximum amount of your bite’s chewing power.
Learn How to Restore Your Smile After Tooth Loss
Losing a tooth doesn’t have to mean the end of your smile as you know it. With the right tooth replacement, you can enjoy a full, healthy, and beautiful smile once again. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.