Dental Implants Protect Your Remaining Teeth

Nov 12, 2014, by Dr. Becky Coats
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for many reasons. They look like natural teeth. They require no special care. They can last a lifetime. But perhaps the best reason to choose dental implants over other tooth replacement options is that they do the best job of protecting your remaining teeth.

A Dental Implant Helps Your Natural Teeth

Your teeth are a team that works best when they all work together. The strong, repeated force of chewing is handled by dividing it evenly among all the members of the team. This not only reduces the force that comes straight down on the teeth, but by bracing against one another, teeth are able to stay in place despite forces that push them to the sides.

Dental Implants and Balanced SmileBut when your team is a tooth short, the amount of force each tooth has to bear increases. This means more wear, more stress, and more likelihood of cracking. And when your teeth are subjected to sideways force, they’re more likely to drift or tilt if they don’t have a neighbor to support them.

Dental implants are the only replacement option that can completely replace the function of your lost tooth. By distributing pressure into your jawbone, it acts as a full member of the team, distributing the load as before.

A partial denture, on the other hand, isn’t a full member of the team. It can help brace against drifting or tilting, but it can’t take much of the actual load because it just sits on your gums.

A dental bridge also doesn’t increase the support, although it does help distribute the load a little better.

Other Replacement Options Damage Teeth

And when you use a dental implant, you’re not damaging your natural teeth at all. To place a dental bridge, natural tooth material has to be removed from neighboring teeth, which weakens them.

A partial denture doesn’t require that we remove material from your natural teeth, but it does secure itself with hooks or clasps around your neighboring teeth. This can cause wear on the enamel and provide shelter for bacteria, which can lead to cavities and other damage to the tooth.

Dental implants, though, support themselves just like a natural tooth.

Risk Comparable to Natural Tooth

We do have to admit that there is one way a dental implant could pose a risk to your other teeth. This isn’t, as some tabloids would have you believe, a serious new danger, but one that’s faced by every tooth in your mouth as well.

Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, and it can also affect a dental implant. Not properly cared for, gum disease can threaten not just the dental implant, but, potentially your neighboring teeth as well.

But if you take proper care of your dental implant and your other teeth as well, this danger is low.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of dental implants in Grapevine, please call (817) 481-6888 for an appointment at Grapevine Dental Care.