Your smile is one of the first things others notice, so if you suddenly have a gap in your smile, you will be rightfully concerned with how this makes you look. This is a valid concern, but, at the same time, it is important to look at the dental health ramifications that even a single missing tooth can result in. Choosing a tooth replacement service option, such as a metal-free dental implant, from Dr. Mamta Dalwani and the Center for Holistic Dentistry team in Los Angeles, California, can help you avoid these negative dental health impacts.
When you think about a tooth, you may only be considering the visible crown of the tooth, but there is an entire other section that resides underneath the gumline called the tooth root. This root extends into the jawbone and provides stimulation to the jawbone every time you chew, speak, etc. Because the force you put in your teeth each time you bite down can be significant, the strong anchor provided by your tooth’s root plays a significant role in making sure that the tooth does not shift over time. Your jawbone needs this stimulation and will remain healthy as long as it gets it. When you lose a tooth, the root which was providing the jaw with this necessary stimulation is also gone. Without stimulation, your jawbone can begin to deteriorate over time.
When you lose a tooth and are considering what replacement option will work best for you, you will likely be presented with three choices depending on your situation: a dental bridge, full or partial dentures, and a dental implant. All of these options offer benefits that are unique to each of them, but dental implants offer benefits that truly make them the gold standard of tooth replacement options. A dental bridge or denture both do a great job at replacing the crown of your missing tooth (or teeth), allowing you to have proper chewing and speaking functionality. However, only a dental implant is able to replace the missing tooth’s root.
When you opt for a dental implant, it will be surgically implanted into the jawbone, replacing the missing tooth’s root. Some dental implants are made of titanium, while others are crafted from 100% non-metallic materials, so you will want to talk to your dentist about this. The materials used in the manufacture of your dental implant should be a biocompatible material, which will allow for a process called osseointegration to occur. This process is when the jawbone and implant fuse together, creating an incredibly strong and durable anchor which provides the stimulation needed to keep the jawbone healthy.
If you are ready to learn more about how a dental implant can restore the health of your mouth and jaw, please reach out to the team at the Center for Holistic Dentistry by calling (310) 340-0153 today.