Dental Implants: It’s All about Your Root
Greetings, Florida! The office of Clearwater Dental Associates is thrilled to present you with another blog entry that will help you make oral health decisions that will keep you looking and feeling great for years to come.
Even if your home dental care routine is beyond reproach, and you never eat foods that threaten the health of your teeth and gums, odds are you are going to need some dental work at some point in your life. For one thing, you never know when an accident is going to strike, or maybe you inherited some bad genes when it comes to oral health. You could end up with a missing tooth, and this is something to take seriously.
A missing tooth does more than just mess up your smile. The health of your teeth affects nearly every aspect of your total health, either directly or indirectly. Leaving that hole in your smile can lead to more problems. That is why you need to consider your tooth replacement options.
The best tooth replacement is the one that most closely mimics your natural teeth. That means you need to replace the whole tooth, not just the top part. Most tooth replacements will only replace the crown of your teeth, the part above the gum line that is visible when you smile. And while this is better than not replacing the tooth, without the root, you will not have the security and stability you need for a truly effective and health tooth replacement.
What’s So Special about the Root?
The root makes up two-thirds of your tooth. That’s right, over half of your tooth isn’t even visible. It’s buried deep in your gums and jaw bone. Your root anchors the rest of your tooth, the crown, in place. This allows you to chew vigorously without fear of your teeth coming loose. In fact, when teeth do fail, it is usually the crown that is damaged, unless severe gum disease has loosened your teeth.
The crown of your tooth is covered with enamel enamel and dentin, the two hardest substances in your body, harder even than bone. Your root, however does not have any layers of enamel or dentin. Instead, it is covered by a thin yellow shell of a bonelike material called cementum. There is also a layer of gum tissue surrounding your root and securing it to your jawbone and gums. Whereas the material covering your crown is all about protection, the material surrounding your root is only concerned with holding your tooth in place.
Usually, the root of your tooth doesn’t need any protection from tooth decay. After all, it is completely covered encased in gum and bone, so no part of it is exposed to the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Unless of course, gum disease causes your gums to recede away from your teeth, exposing the vulnerable root.
How Do You Replace Your Root?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that will replace the root of your tooth. Implants are made from titanium posts that are surgically place directly into your jawbone. Titanium has the miraculous ability to naturally bond with human bone. As your implants heal, your bone material will grow into the surface of the titanium post, effectively fusing the implant into your jaw.
This process, called osseointegration, creates a secure synthetic root onto which a replacement crown can be placed. Whereas dentures have a habit of coming loose and falling out, no such thing will happen with a dental implant. The root makes all the difference.
Visit Clearwater Dental Associates
To answer your questions about whether or not dental implants are the solution for you, come see us at our office in Clearwater, FL. We help you understand more about the process and what alternatives are available.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.