How Implants Resemble Natural Teeth

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Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you didn’t have any teeth? Without proper dental care, eventually you will no longer have to wonder. Tooth loss results from a number of oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease (which is the number one cause of adult tooth loss today). When you lose a tooth, the best way to rebuild and preserve your smile is to replace it with a highly lifelike replacement to restore the tooth’s vital functions. By taking a close look at how your natural teeth are made, it becomes clearer why dental implants offer the most lifelike and comprehensive tooth replacements.

The Structures of a Natural Tooth

A tooth is deceptively simple. It is only made of two main parts—the crown and the root. The crown extends above the gums and is the only part of the tooth you should see, while the root extends below the gums and anchors into the jawbone. Your teeth’s crowns are their only visible parts, but their roots support them and keep your jawbone strong by providing stimulation when you bite and chew. Most modern tooth replacements center on replacing the crowns of lost teeth to restore your ability to bite, chew, speak clearly, and smile proudly. However, only dental implants can effectively replace your teeth’s roots, restoring their vital functions to preserve the long-term integrity of your smile.

Learn More About Lifelike Tooth Replacement

The best way to replace a lost tooth is to do so with the closest thing to its natural structure, including its lost root. The only way to achieve that is with dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

The Importance Of Your Tooth Roots

tooth-rootsImplants are the most realistic way to replace a tooth. They lend the same stability that a natural tooth has. The reason for that is because the implant post acts as the root of your tooth. The root of your tooth is important for more reasons than stability. Your roots are important to the strength and health of your jawbone.

What Happens When You Lose a Tooth

When you lose a tooth, you lose the whole tooth, the crown and the root. The crown is the part of the tooth that we see above the gumline; the part of the tooth that you brush. The root is what holds your tooth in place in your jawbone, under the gum. The role of your root isn’t only to stabilize your tooth. The existence of the root makes sure that your tooth and jawbone get the proper nourishment. Therefore, when the root is gone, your jawbone in the area of that missing tooth, will begin to die. When your jawbone begins to become weak, nearby teeth are at risk.

Why Your Root is Important

In the middle of your tooth is the pulp, the only part of your tooth that is alive. The pulp of your tooth consists of blood vessels, arteries, and nerves, and needs blood to stay alive. When you bite down or chew, this pressure generates a flow of blood and nutrients to the pulp of your tooth and the surrounding jawbone. These nutrients and blood flow keep your jawbone strong and healthy and able to support your teeth. Without the root, there will be no stimulation. Without this stimulation, your jawbone will weaken and other teeth may become lose and fall out.

Implants

An implant is the closest thing to a real tooth because the small titanium post acts as the root of your tooth. Therefore, the nutrients keep flowing to your jawbone so it can remain healthy and strong.

Call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, Today!

At Just Wright Dental Surgery Center, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience, and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. With extensive experience in placing, restoring, and maintaining dental implants, Dr. Wright and our team can walk you through every stage of the dental implant process. We also specialize in helping patients with medical considerations that can affect their oral and overall health, such as cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery from drug addiction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental implant office in Waxahachie, TX, today at (903) 225-2221.

Healthy Jaw, Healthy Implant

healthy-jaw-healthy-implantWhen you lose a tooth, or have one extracted, you also lose the root. The loss of the root means lack of stimulation to that area of your jawbone. Your root causes stimulation to your jaw when it receives pressure during chewing. As a result of this stimulation, blood and nutrients flow to your jawbone and your tooth, keeping them both healthy. Without the root of your tooth, your jawbone receives fewer nutrients. Dental implants are the only option that allows the establishment of a prosthetic root by surgically placing a small, biocompatible titanium post into your jawbone. But first, your jawbone has to be healthy and strong enough to support an implant.

How Healthy is Your Jawbone?

If you are considering an implant, you must have adequate bone to support it. If you have been missing a tooth for a while, you’re a smoker, or you have gum disease, your bone may not be healthy enough to sustain an implant. All of the above situations can cause your bone to become weak, soft, or to atrophy (become too small or thin), meaning in order to get an implant, you may require a bone graft first.

What is a Bone Graft?

If your jawbone is not dense enough or strong enough to support an implant, you may be able to have that area of your bone built up. This is a common procedure called bone grafting or augmentation. After a bone graft procedure, however, you will need anywhere from four to eight months for the area to heal before having the implants placed.  If necessary, you can wear a denture or bridge during this period while your jawbone heals.

Call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, Today!

At Just Wright Dental Surgery Center, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience, and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. With extensive experience in placing, restoring, and maintaining dental implants, Dr. Wright and our team can walk you through every stage of the dental implant process. We also specialize in helping patients with medical considerations that can affect their oral and overall health, such as cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery from drug addiction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental implant office in Waxahachie, TX, today at (903) 225-2221.