You may already know that dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option if you want teeth that feel, look and act like natural teeth. However, you may not be aware of the fact that dental implants also address another major concern from missing teeth: bone loss. The jawbone needs repeated stimulation in order to hold its volume and structure. This happens naturally during chewing and speaking if your teeth are in place and secured to your jawbone.
Tooth Loss and Jawbone Loss
When you lose one or more teeth, the jawbone no longer gets stimulated, which means it can begin to lose its density and form. Over time this leads to facial collapse, a hallowed appearance or premature facial aging. If you think you have some time to kill before bone loss occurs after a missing tooth, think again. The latest research suggests that 25% of bone loss occurs during the first year of losing a tooth!
The Dental Implant Difference
People with missing teeth cannot choose just any tooth replacement option to prevent bone loss and the subsequent hollowed appearance in the face. Dentures and bridges may help you chew and speak better, but since they rest on the gum line, your jawbone doesn’t know that you’ve replaced your missing teeth. Dental implants are the only way to properly stimulate your jawbone and avoid bone loss. With dental implants, a titanium post is surgically implanted to act as your tooth root. This procedure is successful as long as the implant fuses to your jawbone and heals.
If you are ignoring your missing teeth or considering another alternative besides dental implants to replace them, think about the appearance of your facial structure. A sunken jaw can take years off of your appearance. At 1899 Dental Implant, we welcome your questions and concerns surrounding implant dentistry. Our experts can help you understand how implants prevent premature facial aging in the lower face as well as explain other invaluable benefits of choosing this restorative dentistry solution.
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