Do you ever think about your roots? No, we don’t mean your family tree, or your natural hair color. We are talking about your teeth.
The roots of your teeth are the unsung heroes of oral health, and the office of Panama City Smiles wants to give them their due. The next time you are admiring your smile in the mirror, or enjoying your favorite meal, take a moment to thank your roots for making it all possible.
The Value of Your Root
Your root makes up the majority of your tooth, two-thirds, in fact. But those two-thirds of your tooth are not visible when you smile because they buried deep in your gum and jaw. The root is responsible for securing your teeth, anchoring them to your jawbone.
It is because of the security provided by the roots of your teeth that they are able to chew your food so effectively. Were it not for your roots, your teeth would fall out and you would have no smile. Even speaking would be difficult with no roots to keep your teeth from wiggling in your mouth.
The root is different from the crown of your tooth because it is not protected by a layer of enamel. Instead, it covered by a thin shell of cementum, which is attached to a membrane of gum tissue that secures the root to your jawbone.
Everything about the of your tooth is to give the rest of your tooth the security and stability it needs to do what it needs to do. Without a strong root, your teeth just wouldn’t work.
Why, then, do so many tooth replacements not replace the root? Dentures and bridges do a good job of simulating the crown, but they do not have a root, so they are not as stable as your natural teeth are.
The Security of Dental Implants
An effective tooth replacement must replace the root along with the crown. That way your new tooth will be as stable and secure as a natural tooth. This is where dental implants stand out from other form of tooth replacement; they have a root.
Dental implants are titanium post that are surgically placed into your jawbone. As they heal, the bone tissue will grow into the surface of the titanium. This is what makes titanium such a wonderful choice for dental implants, it naturally fuses easily with bone.
When the healing is complete, you will be left with a new root, upon which a durable and realistic dental crown can be attache. This is the closest you can get to growing a new tooth. Your dental implant will give your replacement tooth all the security of a natural tooth.
Another benefit provided by dental implants is that they help maintain bone density in your jaw, something other tooth replacements do not do. When a tooth falls out or is extracted, an hole is left in your jawbone. This hole will eventually lead to bone deterioration, especially in the case of multiple missing teeth. This can change the shape of your face, making you look older before your time.
Titanium dental implants fill the hole in your jaw and encourage the growth of new bone. So your jaw will not lose bone density, and you can maintain your youthful appearance.
Tooth Replacements in Panama City, FL
A dental implants is effective at replacing an individual tooth by placing a single dental crown on top the titanium post. But implants can also be used to anchor a set of dentures directly to your jaw.
Although dentures are one of the oldest forms of tooth replacement, they are not necessarily the most effective. Traditional dentures rely on suction and sometimes foul tasting dental adhesive to stay in place. As you can likely imagine, this is nowhere nearly as effective as the replacement root offered by dental implants.
With implants holding your dentures in place, you do not need to worry about dentures embarrassing you by falling out when you need them most.
There is no need to put up with the pain and discomfort of missing teeth when you can come to Panama City Smiles for a replacement solution.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get on track for a beautiful new smile.