Welcome back, Las Cruces! In the last blog from Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, we wrote about the importance of keeping the root of your tooth, even if the crown is beyond saving. That is what a root canal does for you. It cleans your tooth of all infection, but leaves behind your natural root to anchor a replacement crown.
Sometimes, however, your root cannot be saved. If the infection from tooth decay gets too far into the tooth, a root canal will not be viable. Also, gum disease can cause your gums to recede and expose the root of your tooth, and since it does not have any enamel to protect it, the outer surface of your root is very vulnerable to tooth decay.
Both of these situations could lead to a tooth extraction. If a tooth is beyond repair, it must be removed so that the infection doesn’t spread to your other teeth. Then the question becomes one of tooth replacement.
When choosing a tooth replacement, you want something that will most closely match your natural tooth. That means it needs to have a root, which many tooth replacements do not.
Rootless Dental Replacements
Denture have been the most popular form of tooth replacement for centuries, and when compared to missing teeth, they are very effective. The problem with dentures is that they are only joined to your gums and jaw by suction. This makes them difficult to eat and talk with, since they are prone to falling out and creating embarrassing moments.
Aside from those problems, since dentures do not have any kind of root, they do not support the bone density of your jaw. this creates two problems. One, when your jaw deteriorates, it changes shape, which means even if your dentures fit perfectly at first, they won’t anymore. And two, when your jaw changes shape, your face changes shape, which could age you prematurely.
Dental Implants Restore Your Root
Dental implants are quickly growing in popularity as a tooth replacement because they so closely simulate your natural teeth. The implant itself is what makes the difference. It is essentially a new root made out of titanium.
A dental implants functions in nearly all the same way a natural root does. The titanium behaves much in the same way the outer layer of a tooth root, or cementum, does. It bonds with the surrounding material to make a firm anchor for a replacement crown.
With dental implants you do not have to worry about the shortcomings associated with dentures. In fact, you can use dental implants to secure a full set of dentures, which requires less implants, usually four to six, than replacing your teeth individually.
Preventive Care in Las Cruces
Of course the best way to ensure you have securely anchored teeth is not to lose them in the first place. That is why practicing home oral health care is so important. But don’t forget your regular cleanings and examinations from Advanced Dental of Las Cruces.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.