How Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Bone loss is not something that any of us want to think about, but if you do not take care of your teeth or replace your missing teeth, you could be at risk for bone loss without realizing it. The teeth in your mouth each have a specific place that they should be and they have a job - they stimulate the bone in your jaw to continue to regrow. What happens when you lose a tooth, whether to trauma or decay? That missing tooth leaves bone that is not being stimulated, putting you at risk for bone loss. Why should you care about a little bone loss? If you have ever seen an elderly person with that sunken in look in their face, you know why you need to prevent this from happening to you.
Dental Implants HelpDental implants are the first and only answer to stopping bone loss in your mouth. The artificial teeth that are placed in your mouth are porcelain crowns but it is what is underneath those crowns that is doing the hard work. The "roots" of your artificial teeth are titanium screws. These screws work together with your jawbone, fusing together as one. When this happens, your jawbone is being stimulated again through your natural chewing and talking actions, which helps to prevent the risk of bone loss in your jaw.
Going Below the Gum LineYou might wonder if other tooth replacement options can help you prevent bone loss; the truth is that they do not. The only way to prevent bone loss is replacement with dental implants. The other options you have, such as dental bridges and dentures provides a level of function and aesthetic appeal to your mouth ,but they do not provide the support that your jaw bone needs. Dental implants are the only restorative dental procedure that goes beneath the gum line, stimulating the bone as a result.
Why You Should Care about Bone LossSome people don't think they need to worry about bone loss; after all they have more, right? Bone loss anywhere in your body is nothing to take lightly, but when it is in your face, it not only affects your mouth's strength, but also your appearance. Many people that suffer from tooth loss that goes untouched suffer from self-esteem and depression issues as a result. They are embarrassed of their look and have difficulty eating. The sagging skin, lack of structure to their chin, and the changing look of their face is enough to keep them isolated and unhappy, forcing them to avoid the things they love the most.
If you are already missing teeth or are worried about bone loss in general, come talk to us about it. We will discuss with you the benefits of dental implants and see if you are a good candidate. If you are able to get dental implants, it could mean the difference between optimal oral health and a life of loneliness as you deal with the changing structure of your face.
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