Your tooth roots connect your teeth to the jawbone, which is the foundation for your chewing support. When chewing pressure is applied to your teeth and tooth roots, it stimulates the jawbone. Just as your muscles need to be worked out regularly to maintain shape and strength, the tissues in your jawbone need this continual stimulation to stay healthy. When your tooth (and tooth root) falls out, the jawbone begins to deteriorate and weaken. As this resorption (deterioration) occurs, several side effects can result:
- Altered face shape as bones shrink
- Weakened chewing support
- Shifting teeth
- Additional tooth loss
- Wrinkling around the mouth
Many people struggle to decide between an implant vs. bridge or an implant vs. dentures when it comes to tooth replacement. While a bridge or dentures are a short-term solution for replacing the look and basic functions of your missing tooth, the dental tooth implant is the only option that prevents jawbone deterioration. The long-lasting benefits of preserving your face shape and jawbone strength are tremendous.
To learn more about dental tooth implant placement, call New Image Dental Implant Center to schedule a consultation with your Denver dental implant dentist.