December 5, 2019
When people think of tooth replacement, they generally think of a denture or a dental bridge. While both work to rebuild your smile and prevent teeth from shifting out of place, they fail to address the underlying problem that’s occurring behind your gum tissue. Without tooth roots to stimulate bone tissue, it’s at risk of breaking down, shrinking, and negatively affecting your biting strength. With dental implants from an implant dentist, you can address these issues at the source, rather than wait for them to become a serious problem later.
What Happens After a Tooth is Lost?
When a tooth is extracted, a lot of people forget that the visible crown is not the only part of the tooth to vanish. The fact is the tooth root comes out right along with it, and the root plays a major role in your oral health. Without a tooth root to stimulate your jaw bone as you chew food, it leaves the bone without reason to really stay in place. As a result, it begins to atrophy, or deteriorate over time and actually resorb back into your body where it’s more needed.
While this has obvious implications for your biting force, it also affects your facial appearance. Missing teeth can cause your cheeks to hollow out and your skin to prematurely sag, making you look older than you may actually be. Whether your concerns are functional or esthetic, dental implants can stop bone resorption in its tracks.
How Do Dental Implants Make a Difference?
Dental implants are designed to act as replacement roots as well as replacement teeth, meaning their purpose is two-fold. Once the implant integrates with your bone and gum tissue, it will begin to stimulate your jaw as you begin to eat a wider range of foods more frequently. This keeps the jaw strong and capable of chewing tough, crunchy or hard foods.
Furthermore, dental implants reverse bone loss, which means you can retain your natural appearance, prevent your facial features from changing, and avoid the need for replacing dentures and dental bridges on a regular basis.
Why Jaw and Bone Health Matters
When you’re replacing teeth, your main focus is likely on the appearance of your smile as well as your overall facial appearance. However, replacing teeth makes just as much of an impact on your jaw and bone health as it does your looks. The fact is when teeth are lost, the risk of losing more teeth only goes up. As the bone in your jaw begins to break down, it makes it more difficult for remaining teeth to stay in place. Additionally, if you have osteoporosis, you have even more incentive to get dental implants because of their role in bone stimulation.
Are you not sure if dental implants are right for you? Bone density and dental implant success may be connected, but that doesn’t mean you should write off treatment entirely. To get your next implant treatment scheduled, call an implant dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. James Rynar is an expert in implantology and periodontics, making him the perfect person to see for tooth replacement via dental implants. With over 50 years of experience in replacing teeth, he’ll make sure that you’re eligible for treatment and understand the most important steps of successful at-home care. To learn more or schedule your first consultation, you can contact him through his website.
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