The difference between dental implants and conventional replacement teeth is that implant posts are designed specifically to replace the roots of your lost teeth. As such, they’re inserted into the jawbone (like teeth roots) and can be used to support a custom-designed dental prosthesis. By enhancing a replacement crown, bridge, or denture with an appropriate number of implant posts, you can enjoy a number of significant benefits for your oral health, both immediately and in the long-term.
They mimic natural teeth in several ways.
Today’s dental prostheses are typically made from lifelike dental porcelain, which closely mimics the appearance of your natural teeth. However, a dental bridge or denture loses some of its realism when it requires adhesive or needs to be supported on nearby healthy teeth. Dental implants offer the most realistic option by providing roots to anchor your replacement teeth as securely as your healthy, natural teeth.
They promote a healthier jawbone.
Teeth roots and dental implants keep your teeth and dental prosthetic steady as you bite and chew, but they also help keep your jawbone strong and healthy enough to support them. Root stimulation when you bite and chew signals your body to send your jawbone nutrients. Fewer teeth roots mean fewer nutrients; yet, when a dental implant post is inserted into your jawbone, the stimulation is restored.
They work for all types of tooth loss.
A dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture must be custom-designed according to how many teeth you’ve lost. However, your dentist can place one or several dental implant posts to support whichever prosthesis you require, making them ideal for patients who experience any degree of tooth loss.
Learn if You Can Benefit from Dental Implants
Besides being the most comprehensive and lifelike tooth replacement option, dental implants are also viable for most tooth loss patients. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.