How Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Losing a tooth not only makes basic activities such as eating and talking harder, but also has a considerable weight on our self-esteem when smiling. In the long term, it can cause bone loss in the jaw structures, which could make the rest of your teeth move, altering the shape of your face and the functionality of your mouth. One of the most effective ways to deal with this problem is with a dental implant. At Mid Valley Dental, it is important for us that you know the incredible benefits of dental implants, and that you regain the smile you deserve.
How Can Losing A Tooth Cause Jawbone Loss?
The jawbone needs continuous stimulation in order to maintain its anatomical shape and density, and this stimulation is provided by our teeth when chewing and biting. This constant movement promotes blood flow and cell regeneration, always maintaining a stable support for the teeth.
If a tooth is lost, the stimulation in that area ceases, so the benefits of daily dental activities are lost. Consequently, the jawbone will start to lose width, density and volume. This is known as atrophy. In extreme cases, where multiple teeth are lost, the shape of your face could significantly change.
How Can Dental Implants Prevent This Complication?
Dental implants are an effective and definitive treatment for tooth loss, and they can prevent mandibular bone loss unlike dental bridges or dentures. Although these make an exact replica of the lost tooth, they do not provide the necessary stimulus to maintain the jawbone density.
Dental implants are titanium roots placed in the bone by surgery, and on these roots, a crown. For this treatment to be successful, the bone has to grow around the implant, which is what we call osseointegration. Once this process occurs, stimulation resumes and the constant regeneration of the jaw bone is restarted, just as it did with the natural tooth.
What If I Already Have Significant Bone Loss?
If you lost your tooth many months or even years ago, or have used dentures without proper maintenance, chances are that your jawbone is already affected. In order to place an implant, we need a decent amount of bone support. Otherwise, it may fall out over time. If this is your case, we can consider a bone graft to restore the density of your jawbone, and after that, place your implant successfully.
Am I Suitable For Dental Implant Surgery?
To be able to place your implants, it is necessary that you undergo surgery, so the perfect candidates usually have optimal health, both general and oral, and preferably do not abuse substances such as tobacco and alcohol. Those who use these substances must cease habits before surgery and during the completion of the procedure to avoid implant rejection.
Implants are permanent, natural, and a perfect opportunity to regain your smile and quality of life. At Mid Valley Dental our professionals are ready to help you out through each step of this treatment. To learn more, please call our offices at (920) 215-4160 today. We can help you schedule your appointment so you can enjoy your dental implants as soon as possible.