How Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Tooth loss is not just a mere inconvenience or an oral health issue - there is a lot more to it. While it makes it harder to chew your meals and makes you more conscious of your smile, the repercussions of missing teeth can be significant and long-term.
If left untreated, a missing tooth can lead to the loss of jawbone tissue. As a result, the remaining teeth in your oral cavity are likely to shift out of place. Moreover, the loss of jawbone tissue can even lead to changes in a patient’s facial appearance.
One of the best ways to prevent the loss of jawbone tissue caused by missing teeth is dental implant treatment. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to restoring dental function while preventing bone loss.
Why Can Missing Teeth Lead to Loss of Jawbone?
The human body thrives on stimulation. If one part of the body remains unused, it is likely to lose its functionality. The jawbone needs constant stimulation to stay healthy and maintain its shape and density. The tooth’s root is designed to provide stimulation to the jawbone. Moreover, the teeth provide stimulation through the pressure applied to the jawbone while chewing and biting.
The regular chewing and biting, along with the stimulation provided by the tooth root, encourages the jawbone to stay healthy and support all of the teeth in the oral cavity.
In the case of a missing tooth, the jawbone doesn’t get the stimulation it needs to maintain its density. As a result, the jawbone loses its volume and strength to hold other teeth and maintain your facial structure effectively.
How Dental Implants Help
While there are other tooth replacement options such as dentures, dental implants are most effective in preventing the loss of jawbone. Unlike traditional dentures and other tooth replacement treatments, dental implants do not cause pressure on your jawbone, which can accelerate bone loss. Instead, dental implants mimic the entire structure and function of natural teeth.
Dental implants include both the root and the crown, so once the implant is placed in the jawbone, it serves as a natural tooth root and provides the stimulation to the jawbone that it needs to stay strong and healthy.
Discover Your Treatment Options
If you have missing teeth or know that you will soon need to undergo one or more tooth extractions, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chad Boustany at Revive Dental and Implant Center and get more information about dental implants. Depending upon your missing teeth, we may recommend single dental implants or multiple dental implants. In case of more serious oral health concerns where you are missing all of your teeth, we also recommend the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants and the benefits they offer? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Chad Boustany at Revive Dental and Implant Center and let us answer all of your questions and concerns about dental implant treatment and how dental implants prevent bone loss.