The root of your tooth serves two purposes: to hold your tooth in place and to send signals to your body that bone is needed in that part of your jaw. When you lose a tooth, you also lose its root, which will eventually result in your body reabsorbing the bone around the missing tooth and forever changing the structure of your jaw. Dentures and dental bridges do not address this issue, but dental implants do.
One of the main benefits of dental implants is their ability to act as a new tooth root. This continues the signals that bone is needed in that area of your jaw, preventing jaw collapse and preserving your facial structure.
Dental Implant Advantages
In addition to preserving facial structure, dental implants offer a number of advantages over other forms of tooth replacement. These include:
- Strength and security – Dental implants will not come loose or fall out
- Superior bite – Dental implants restore full strength and function to your smile
- Natural appearance – Dental implants provide an ideal foundation for completely natural-looking restorations
- Tooth preservation – Dental implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support
Dental Implant Dis-advantages
- Implants are expensive and a major financial investment
- The process of getting implants can be time consuming and requires multiple visits to the dentist
- There is a chance the surgery fails (roughly 5% of the time)