If you had to replace your car, what type would you choose? There are a lot of choices. A sunroof would be nice, or maybe a navigation system… No matter what other features you want, we would recommend one of those models that come with wheels attached. After all, your nice new car won’t be very functional if there is nothing under it. For the same reason, we recommend dental implants for people who want to replace missing teeth.
The anatomy of a natural tooth
There is more to a tooth than meets the eye. The visible portion is called the crown. It sits above the gumline, and does the work of chewing. Although this may seem like the important part, you need something to keep it from falling over.
A natural tooth extends all the way to your jawbone, where it is firmly rooted. Naturally, the portion below the gumline is called the root. In addition to keeping your teeth upright, which is a pretty important job, tooth roots keep your jawbone strong and healthy. Every time you bite down, the pressure on the tooth is transferred to the bone via the root. This stimulates healthy cell rejuvenation, strengthening the bone in much the same way that physical exercise strengthens your muscles.
The anatomy of a false tooth
Traditionally, dentists only replaced the crowns of teeth, and not the roots. These restorations are supported in various ways, but none works as well as a tooth root. Bridges are attached to existing teeth adjacent to the gap, which means those teeth need to be reduced and shaped – even if they had been healthy. Traditional dentures are supposed to seal against the gums, creating suction, but many people have to use adhesive as well. Furthermore, neither of these options do anything for your jawbone.
The solution? Dental implants! They aren’t really false teeth; they are false roots. Just like real roots, they are "planted" in the jawbone, and just like real roots, they keep that bone healthy. They also provide a stable, life-like foundation for dental restorations, so you can eat, speak, smile, and laugh with confidence. There is no impact on your healthy teeth, and no risk of your new teeth slipping and sliding around.
When you choose a skilled cosmetic dentist, such as those at Big Smile Dental in Chicago, you will have the added benefit of a smile that is absolutely stunning! Call us at and schedule an appointment today.