How Do Implants Prevent Bone Loss?
Charleston, West Virginia
Dental implants are often recommended to patients who have missing teeth, or need to undergo a procedure that can require the removal of their teeth. Having missing teeth can cause a variety of issues other than the obvious concerns with aesthetics and convenience. For one, tooth loss often leads to bone damage which only gets aggravated the longer the missing tooth is not replaced. Moreover, dentures, which are seen as a standard replacement for missing teeth, do not promote bone growth, and are not ideal for some patients. If you have been having issues with your teeth and believe that it is time for implants, Revive Dental and Implant Center can help suggest the most effective restoration plan.
How Does Tooth Loss Affect The Jawbone?
The jawbone is rather delicate if left exposed upon tooth loss. It is much more difficult to clean, and food is more susceptible to stick onto it. It is also more exposed to bacteria without the crown’s protection, therefore causing the patient to be at risk of getting periodontal diseases. If left unchecked, this could also lead to bone decay and deterioration.
An exposed jawbone also begins to recede over time if the missing tooth is not replaced. This can lead to changes in the patient’s appearance and can cause the jaw, cheek, and lips to sag and sink into the face. They may also face difficulties while speaking and eating and experience frequent facial pain too. The gums are loosened in this process, and this can put the nearby teeth at risk of shifting or even falling out.
What Are Implants, and How Do They Prevent Bone Loss?
Dental implants are artificial structures positioned into the jawbone, in place of the roots of the lost tooth. An artificial crown is placed over this structure, and thus, the missing tooth is replaced. Dental implants are considered to be a better alternative to dentures because they are much more convenient and comfortable, as they resemble the actual tooth.
Implants are also regarded as a safer alternative to dentures, as dentures do not prevent bone loss. The actual jawbone continues to wear down underneath the dentures. On the other hand, when an implant is inserted, it encourages the jawbone to grow around it as it heals, not only strengthening the implant but also preventing any complications that may arise from the deterioration of the jawbone. An unexposed jawbone can protect you from periodontal diseases and other conditions that may promote bone deterioration. Implants also help maintain the original structure of the jaw and prevent the shifting of facial features post tooth loss.
If you have been suffering from tooth loss and aches in your jawbone for quite some time, our professionals are able to give you an expert opinion on how you should be treated and what kind of implants would be ideal for you. Bone loss should not be ignored, as the longer you wait, the more you cause the jawbone to degenerate. Give Revive Dental and Implant Center at (304) 467-4265 a call today to book an appointment!