The Story on Progressive Bone Loss
Sun City West, AZ
Progressive bone loss around the jaw has been attributed to not replacing a missing tooth in the mouth. The way the jawbone is preserved by putting pressure on it like chewing, so when there are missing teeth, the jawbone cannot be fully stimulated. Unfortunately, this bone loss cannot be reversed. However, it is possible to generate new bone through a bone graft. At Solutions Dental Implants, we believe that dental implants to prevent bone loss is important and in some cases, it is necessary to graft bone for a patient to prevent the progression of bone loss.
The Relation of Dentures and Bone Loss
A research study conducted by Dr. Jozewicz at the Medical Academy of Lodz in Poland in 1970 revealed that those who wear dentures have a relatively higher propensity of bone loss. This was further validated by a 25-year-long study conducted by Dr. Antje Tallgren at the Royal Dental College in Denmark. The study, which was published in 1972, showed that those who wear dentures have continuously developed bone loss over the years. Accordingly, the bone is irritated and melted away due to the biting force on the gum tissue. This then reduces the bone volume and density. Another study by Dr. Carlsson in 1967 revealed that there is a massive bone loss during the first year when the tooth is extracted, and this continued even without dentures.
The Role of Implants in Restraining Bone Loss
In 1977, Dr. Branemark of the Osseointegration Center in Gothenburg, Sweden revealed that having dental implants can slow and, in most cases, halt the progressive bone loss. In fact, having them has stabilized the bone over a long period. Considering that dental implants are like real teeth that are connected to the bone, the jaw is being exercised and stimulated while chewing. This activity has been proven to curb progressive bone loss. The advantages of having implants supersede those of dentures as having the latter can eventually lead to less jaw bone. This means a noticeable change in the appearance of the collapse of the lower third of the face thereby making the patient look older than their age. Eventually, chewing will not be feasible for all patients with dentures, particularly for those patients who got dentures at an early age. This will significantly reduce the quality of life for those patients.
We Can Help Preserve Your Bones
At Solutions Dental Implants, we have placed thousands of implants from the time we began in 1986. We have seen how these have been effective teeth replacements that not only feel natural but has also stabilized the bone. The implants we do improve a patient’s ability to chew comfortably. We have also seen how this tooth replacement solution has enhanced their wellbeing. In fact, we have numerous patients who raved about getting implants to replace missing teeth saying that it feels like they have real teeth again and how they feel like they can eat anything they want.
If you would like to learn more about bone loss or dental implants, contact our office at (480) 956-6113 to set up an appointment. Dr. Kammeyer takes great pride in providing comfort for all of our patients. We will always be sensitive to any dental fears that you may have and make sure that you are informed and feel comfortable about any procedure that you need.