Hello again, Orlando! We are excited to see your dedication to oral health by reading this blog from the office of Overmeyer Family Dental. For this installment we are going to take a look at a part of your teeth that, if you are lucky, you never actually see.
The roots of your teeth are buried inside your gums and jawbone, doing what they do best, keeping things in place. So let’s take a moment to give them their due.
The Root of Your Tooth
Your roots are your anchors. They keep your teeth from drifting and falling out. The crowns may get all the glory, with the big smiles and chewing delicious food, but without roots your teeth wouldn’t stay in your mouth long.
It is no wonder the root makes up most of the tooth. You need a strong anchor. Whereas the crown is protected by a hard layer of enamel to protect it from the wear and tear from eating, your root has a layer of cementum to cement your tooth into your jaw. The cementum is joined to your jaw by thin membrane of gum tissue.
As long as your gums stay healthy, your roots will be just fine without the protection of enamel, but sometimes gum disease cause the gums to retract and expose some of the surface of your roots. This is very unfortunate because now your roots are incredibly vulnerable, with only a thin layer of the bonelike cementum between bacteria and the inner layers of the tooth.
In this situation, you may find that a root canal is in order. But if the gum disease continues unabated, your teeth will loosen and fall out.
Dental implants are different from every other form of tooth replacement because they give you a new root along with your crown. In fact, that is exactly what an implant is, a root.
When you get a dental implant, a titanium post is placed into your jaw where it will integrate with the bone and build a new root. This titanium implant will give your new tooth the stability you need to eat healthy foods loaded with protein and fiber, something that is hard for tooth replacements that don’t have the security of roots.
Another great benefit of dental implants is that they support the bone density of your jaw. One problem associated with dentures that they do nothing to fill the holes left behind when teeth come out. That means that your jaw will lose bone mass and change shape, which results in dentures that no longer fit.
Dental implants fill in the spaces where the roost once were, as well as promote bone growth, so you don’t have to worry about your jaw deteriorating changing the shape of your face.
Implant Supported Dentures from Overmeyer Family Dental
Dental implants are often used to replace teeth individually, by affixing a single crown onto the tip of the implant that protrudes above the gum line, but that is not the only way implants can be used to replace missing teeth. A fewer number of implants, usually four or six, can be used to anchor a full set of dentures to your jaw. Dentures are a wonderful and effective way to replace the crowns of your teeth, but they rely mostly on suction to stay in place, and as such, they are notorious for coming loose when you are talking and eating.
Dental implants solve that problem by providing roots for your dentures.
As you can see, it all comes down to the roots. So consider that when choosing a tooth replacement solution. Come to our office in Orlando and we will help you find the right tooth replacement for your situation.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.