How Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Our bones are continuously working to provide our body the structure that it needs to be healthy. Keeping bone strong and robust requires a lot of resources, so bone is designed to stop work in certain areas when a section of bone is no longer needed. This is known as atrophy, it is the pulling in of resources causing the bone to shrink due to disuse. Atrophy can occur anywhere on the skeletal frame including our jaw bone. At La Jolla Dental, we can prevent bone loss in the jaw, or help rebuild it, following the loss of a tooth with the use of a dental implant.
Tooth loss can come with a lot of frustrations. You may find that it is more difficult to chew, you may have neighboring teeth start to roam, or you may even feel embarrassed about your smile. These frustrations are a problem, but the biggest problem is what you can’t see. The jawbone will experience a sorption, or atrophy, from the missing tooth. This is due to a lack of exercise in that location. Our bones will continuously repair and rebuild as long as there is strain or energy transferred to them through motion and movement. Our jaw receives this motion through the thousands of fleeting touches of our teeth from chewing, breathing, and speaking each day. When a tooth is lost, so is that motion to that section of bone. The loss of one tooth may not make a visible difference in your facial structure, but the loss of multiple teeth will become notably apparent in our facial shape as bone loss occurs.
Dental Implants Benefits our Bone Health
Following the loss of teeth, you have options for restoration. There are options that can improve your ability to chew, but the only option that fully restores the lost structure from the root to the tooth is the surgical placement of a dental implant.
A dental implant is a titanium or ceramic post that we surgically embed into the jawbone. As the bone heals, it will fuse the implant to the jaw reestablishing the connection between the bone and tooth. We then place a dental prosthetic over the implant and the missing tooth is not only restored, but entirely rebuilt. This option is best for the health of your jawbone, and will help you maintain a more youthful appearance.
Patients who have been missing teeth for a period of time can still benefit from the placement of dental implants. We will begin with a bone graft to bulk up the atrophied bone and then embed the implants.
Your dental implant can be used in a variety of ways. We customize treatment to each patient based on their needs, as well as predicted needs. Once the post is solidly in place, we can use it to work a variety of prosthetics, including a dental crown, bridge, or denture. We invite you to learn more about the benefits of dental implants, both for your bone health and your overall health. Give La Jolla Dental a call today at (858) 935-8589 to schedule a dental implant consultation.