Implants restore the normal appearance and function of a smile by acting as replacements for the lost tooth roots. Healthy tooth roots are responsible for providing continuous stimulation to the jawbone structure; when teeth are lost, the tooth roots (and their function) are lost as well. The loss of stimulation from the missing tooth roots result to the gradual thinning of the jawbone, as bone deterioration is inevitable without the stimulation provided by the natural tooth roots.
The use of dental implants not only focuses on completing the smile and restoring the normal appearance and function of the teeth it also solves the problem of lost tooth roots. Implants are embedded into the jawbone to provide a firm base where teeth replacements can be attached to, and they also act as replacements for the lost tooth roots. The titanium roots stimulate the jawbone to prevent bone deterioration, or to stop the bone thinning from progressing into something worse.
The problem of jawbone deterioration is often seen in individuals who have gone with missing teeth for a long period of time. As the years go by, the jawbone takes on a thinner appearance and structure because of the lack of stimulation. Removable dentures are quick ways to replace multiple or all missing teeth, but they do not solve the issue of missing tooth roots. Those who have been using removable dentures for a long period of time will find themselves dealing with loose denture problems after a few years, as the jawbone underneath gradually deteriorates, causing the once comfortable-fitting dentures to become loose.
Problems with ill-fitting dentures and jawbone deterioration can be solved with the help of dental implants. The implants are attached into the jawbone; the dentures or other teeth replacements can then be attached to the implants securely. Implant-supported dentures eliminate the embarrassing and uncomfortable problem of loose dentures that move uncontrollably inside the mouth. Dentures that are connected to dental implants are firmly held in place, without the denture wearer being subjected to the pain and discomfort of the teeth restorations moving with even the slightest movement inside the mouth.
Denture wearers will also solve problems with bone deterioration when their dentures are supported by dental implants. The artificial tooth roots stimulate the jawbone so that bone thinning will be stopped, even as the implants firmly hold the dentures in place to prevent discomfort and embarrassment for the denture user.