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Although a natural tooth is only visible above the gum line, every tooth is actually grounded in the gum tissue with a dental root. The dental root keeps the tooth secure, and keeps the jawbone healthy. When a patient loses a tooth, he or she risks a number of dental health problems due to the lack of a tooth root.

Dental implant replacement teeth are unique in restorative dentistry, because they actually have roots that extend into the patient’s jawbone. Here is some more information from our Saint Louis dental implant dentist about how this root functions…

The basics of the dental implant root

Every dental implant root is made out of titanium. Implant roots are shaped like small screws, and our dentist actually surgically implants the implant root into the bone tissue, where the replacement tooth will sit.

How does the implant root help you?

The design and the fabrication of the implant root enhance the functionality of the dental implant restoration, as well as your oral health.

The root is made out of titanium, because titanium is able to bond with natural bone. Consequently, the implant root is going to keep your replacement tooth firmly in place. Your dental implant root will also support your natural bone tissue and keep it health—helping to prevent the jawbone deterioration that often accompanies tooth loss.

The dental implant root is obviously important for securing your replacement tooth, but many patients are surprised to learn that this restorative dentistry treatment also helps to maintain the patient’s oral health.

If you are ready to learn more about dental implants in general, or the dental implant root, in particular, our Saint Louis dental implant dentists are here to answer all of your questions. We look forward to speaking with you, and helping you achieve an attractive and healthy smile!

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