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Preserve Natural Teeth With Dental Implants

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Losing one tooth is bad enough. Patients typically want to avoid parting with any more of their natural teeth after one has already fallen out or been extracted.

Unlike other tooth replacement alternatives, dental implants can help protect the remaining teeth from a similar fate. Of all of the options, dental implants are the most suitable for patients who want to protect their natural teeth.

Dental implants stand alone. That is, they can be inserted into the jawbone with no effect on neighboring teeth. Bridges, on the other hand, require that crowns be placed on adjoining teeth as anchors for the prosthetic replacement tooth, and healthy enamel must be removed to accommodate those crowns. 

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replicates the entire structure of the tooth, including the root.

Furthermore, when an oral surgeon places dental implants, the devices help to stabilize the jawbone, which also safeguards biological teeth near the implant site.

When a tooth is lost, its root goes with it, removing the anchoring structure that helps to hold the jawbone in place. Consequently, the jawbone erodes and other teeth can be lost as a result.

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replicates the entire structure of the tooth, including the root. Bridges allow the jawbone atrophy to continue, potentially putting other teeth at risk.

Similarly, the structure of dental implants allows them to absorb forces exerted on the teeth during chewing rather than transfer those forces disproportionately to the adjacent teeth.

It’s also easier to keep the gumline clean in the vicinity of a dental implant, reducing the oral bacteria that can jeopardize other teeth. Patients can floss around a dental implant in the same way that they do a natural tooth.

Not only do dental implants help to conserve natural teeth, they look like natural teeth, too. It can be almost impossible to detect a dental implant from its biological counterpart on appearance alone. The prosthetic crown can be carefully designed to match the shade and shape of the other teeth, and it is held in place by the dental implant itself.

Consider dental implants if you want to replace a missing tooth with a device that will help you hold on to the surrounding teeth. Contact Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery, serving Irving TX and the surrounding areas, to learn more.


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