How Do Dental Implants Preserve Bone Health
Choosing dental implants as a restorative option for missing teeth comes with so many benefits. When patients lose their teeth, there are some side effects they may suffer. The recommendation of dental implants usually comes in handy to eliminate effects such as bone resorption. Dental implants have so many merits, and one important benefit among these is the ability of dental implants to preserve the health and mass of the jawbone. Here at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, we help our patients maintain optimal jawbone health while improving their smiles with dental implant procedures.
What Happens To The Bone After Tooth Loss?
When we lose a tooth or more, the socket is left empty. Naturally, a tooth is attached to the jawbone in the socket and the tooth root stimulates the jawbone. This stimulation is obtained from the biting and chewing actions of the tooth, and it is necessary for the jawbone to keep its form and quality. But as soon as the tooth and its root is gone, the stimulation ceases. After some months of not receiving any stimulation, bone resorption starts to occur.
Bone resorption is when the body reabsorbs the bone as it is not in use. This means that the jawbone at the empty socket will begin to disintegrate, and eventually lose its form, shape, and mass. This also results in visible changes to the shape of the mouth, and it will make it difficult for the patient to receive and maintain a set of dentures over time.
How Do Dental Implants Help?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to simulate the function of a tooth root. The jawbone is allowed to bond and heal around the implant, holding it firmly in place. This process is called osseointegration. As soon as it is fused to the jawbone, an artificial crown is attached to the implant, becoming a complete unit to serve as your tooth. As long-term solutions to missing teeth, dental implants feel and act like your natural teeth in your mouth.
By simulating your natural tooth root, dental implants help to restore the transmission of stimulations that your jawbone needs to keep its mass and stay healthy. The continuous stimulation means that your body will not reabsorb the bone mass, and your jawbone will continue to function optimally.
Can You Get a Dental Implant After Severe Bone Loss?
When a tooth socket remains empty for more than six months, bone resorption may set in. The effect may not be immediately noticeable, but over time it would be obvious. Receiving dental implants when you have suffered serious bone loss may be tricky, but our professionals may recommend a bone graft to help you rebuild the jawbone before you are considered for a dental implant. If you want to know whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, or determine if the state of your bone health can support an implant, please schedule an appointment with us at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates by calling us at 214-363-9946 today.