Most patients are not aware that they can lose bone in their jaw. Your jawbone can deteriorate if you suffer from gum disease, oral trauma, or having missing teeth.
Tooth loss has significant long-term consequences that go beyond oral health. Missing teeth can affect your jawbone significantly. When you lose bone in your jaw, it can affect not only your appearance, but your oral functioning.
The human body is independently efficient. When one part of your body does not function, it gets resorbed or broken down so that the raw materials can get used for other functions.
Teeth roots stimulate your jawbone. Continual pressure from chewing helps maintain the strength of your jawbone. If a tooth root disappears, the alveolar bone that surrounds the roots of your tooth resorbs from underutilization.
The jawbone enables you to chew and holds your teeth in place. Missing teeth cause gaps in your jawbone that become underutilized.
Lack of bone stimulation naturally causes the bone to resorb, which gives your face a sunken look and causes the surrounding teeth to shift. As your jawbone weakens, speaking and eating become difficult, and, eventually, you start losing more teeth.
There is a solution if you are worried that you are experiencing signs of jawbone deterioration. Catching bone loss early is ideal for a timely response. Your dentist can recommend treatment after examining and identifying signs of bone loss. Diagnosis will inform the prescription your dentist will suggest, mitigating further bone loss.
Missing teeth is one of the most common causes of bone loss. Your doctor can prevent your bone loss by replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant. The implant post prevents more deterioration by stimulating the jawbone.
Dental implants get placed through surgery that replaces your tooth roots with screw-like metal posts. The artificially replaced teeth function and look like natural teeth. Your dentist will examine and determine how to perform your dental implant surgery based on the condition of your jawbone and the type of implant to be used.
Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed in different stages. Various stages take healing time between them. The process of getting dental implants involves several steps, including:
Removal of the damaged tooth
Jawbone grafting if needed
Placement of dental implant
Placement of abutment
Placement of artificial tooth
The process can take months to finish. Most of the time spent in the process is dedicated to healing and patiently waiting for the new bone in your jaw to grow. Your dentist can analyze your situation and the materials used in the process to determine whether to combine the steps.
Dental implants have the following benefits:
No diet limitations
Preserves bone by preventing bone loss
Adjacent teeth cannot be affected
Look like your natural teeth
No discomfort or ill-fitting dentures
Long-lasting, between 7 to 15 years
For more on how dental implants prevent bone loss, contact Levenson Smile at our office in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can call us at (508) 731-3940 to book an appointment today.