Understanding How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are becoming increasingly more popular as patients continue to enjoy the many benefits they provide. However, the specific ways in which dental implants provide those benefits aren’t always as well-known. Therefore, patients who’ve lost teeth but have not yet received dental implants may not understand exactly how they can benefit from them. At our Newhall, CA, dental office, we may suggest replacing your lost teeth or upgrading a current prosthesis with one or more dental implants. Because of the way they interact with your jawbone and surrounding oral structures, implants are often the preferable solution for replacing lost teeth.

Why they’re different

Dental implant posts are small root-like devices that are placed in a jawbone that has lone one or more teeth. They’re meant to offer more lifelike and comprehensive support for a custom-designed dental prosthesis, such as a dental bridge or denture. Traditionally, bridges and dentures relied on solutions such as abutment teeth, hidden clasps, and adhesives to stay in place while you bite and chew. With the addition of dental implants, your prosthesis can rest on more comfortable and realistic anchors that mimic your healthy, natural teeth roots.

Keeping your jawbone supportive

One of the most immediate advantages of dental implants is the fact that they look and feel more like your healthy, natural teeth. However, they’re more profound benefits include the stimulation that they provide your jawbone every time you bite and chew. This stimulation is vital to maintaining a healthy flow of nutrients to your jaw after you’ve lost one or more teeth roots. By reestablishing it, dental implants help stop the loss of mass and density that your jawbone can experience after losing teeth roots. This also helps you reduce your risks of losing more teeth due to the change in your jawbone structure.

How this affects your smile, and more

Together, the immediate and long-term effects of dental implants often make them the most lifelike and beneficial option for replacing lost teeth. For example, because your prosthesis will be anchored in place, it won’t shift uncomfortably over time. You can also avoid having to have your bridge or denture adjusted as frequently because your implants help your jawbone retain its shape. With proper care and maintenance, your implant posts can last for life, making it easier to replace a worn or damaged prosthesis if necessary.

Learn if you can benefit from dental implants

With one or more dental implants, you have a better chance of preserving your long-term oral health as well as restoring your smile. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.