How Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Sun City West, AZ
Tooth loss is a huge problem that occurs in children as well as adults. Not only does tooth loss make you more conscious about your smile, but it also impacts the functions of your mouth, making it difficult to chew, talk, causes bone loss, and leads to the shifting of teeth. One of the worst implications of tooth loss is that it causes your face to look sunken in.
Fortunately, there are a few tooth replacement options that can help you regain your smile. Dental implants are one of the most promising tooth replacement procedures that help restore oral health and function. Implants provide one of the biggest benefits that other tooth replacement options don’t - the prevention of bone loss. They also preserve the integrity of your smile.
How Does Tooth Loss Lead to Loss of Bone?
The jawbone requires stimulation to grow, rebuild, and maintain its structure. It receives this stimulation through the movement of your mouth when you bite and chew. The regular movement and mobility of the jawbone is what provides support to your existing teeth. The loss of teeth minimizes the stimulation the jawbone receives, leading to loss of width, height, shape, and volume. Not only does this impact your facial posture and appearance, but it can also cause one to lose more teeth.
How Do Implants Prevent Loss of Teeth?
Dental implants are an incredibly effective solution to replace missing teeth and prevent the chances of bone loss. Implant placement differs from other methods of teeth restoration because it attempts to imitate the natural tooth roots.
An implant is basically a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone where you’re missing teeth. This metal post bonds with your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration to form a solid and stable foundation for the placement of an artificial replacement tooth. Once this process is successful, the implant begins to function like a natural tooth root, allowing the jawbone to carry out functions of the mouth like before.
What Happens If You Already Have Significant Bone Loss?
Bone loss is a natural repercussion of long-term tooth loss. Almost everyone with tooth loss experiences a certain degree of atrophy. While dental implant placement does require one to have a certain level of jawbone muscle, it is still possible to get implants even if you have significant bone loss. Patients who qualify for all of the other conditions for implants can have bone grafting surgery before getting implants.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
In order to get a dental implant procedure, a patient must have good dental and overall health. Healthy gums and teeth increase the chances of dental implant success. Also, chronic smokers are advised to quit smoking before and after their surgery to minimize the duration of recovery and counter other complications.
To learn more about dental implants check out our case studies and our FAQs and guides.
If you are looking for a dentist or a prosthodontist to get dental implants or any other dental procedure, call us at (480) 956-6113 to book an appointment at our clinic Solutions Dental Implants.