Jaw and Gum Resorption
Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects every function of your mouth. When you lose teeth, basic functions like eating and speaking become significantly more challenging. Your body has a more difficult time digesting, which can impact your overall nutrition. Your smile suffers, and your confidence can fall. Another serious issue associated with tooth loss that many people overlook is the loss of bone mass in the jaw. Traditional treatments can replace many of the functions of your missing teeth, but they cannot stop the resorption of your jawbone or your gums. Beyond Dental and Implant Center can help to protect the health of your mouth and prevent bone resorption with dental implants.
Replacing Teeth with Dental Implants
Dental implants are a very popular modern alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. This treatment uses small titanium posts to provide support for your replacement teeth. The posts are surgically placed into your jawbone. Your bone, then gradually begins to fuse to the posts as you heal, a process known as osseointegration. As this process occurs, the posts are stabilized within your jaw, allowing them to provide secure support for your new teeth.
What is Jaw and Gum Resorption?
When you suffer tooth loss, several things occur. One of the lesser known effects of tooth loss is the loss of bone mass in your jaw. Your teeth provide stimulation for your jawbone, which tells your body to send essential nutrients that are required for the strength of your jaw. Following tooth loss, you lose stimulation in your jaw. This loss of stimulation means fewer nutrients are sent, which causes the bone to weaken, or resorb. This alters the shape of the jaw, which can impact the alignment of healthy teeth as well as the appearance of your face.
Traditionally, missing teeth have been replaced with dentures. Despite being able to restore many of the functions of your missing teeth, dentures cannot stop bone loss in your jaw. Your jawbone continues to weaken and change shape, even though your teeth have been replaced. Eventually, your dentures will no longer fit properly. Ill-fitting dentures can actually expedite bone resorption in your jaw as well as cause gum resorption.
How Can Implants Stop Resorption?
Dental implants are unique for many reasons. They provide a stable alternative to dentures that are much more comfortable and much easier to take care of. They are also designed to be a permanent treatment. The posts placed in your jaw replace the roots of your missing teeth. In addition to providing support for your new teeth, the posts also restore stimulation to your jawbone. This tells your body once again that nutrients are needed. With the delivery of nutrients restored, bone loss is stopped and prevented in your jawbone, which aids in preserving its integrity and its shape.
What if My Jawbone is Too Weak?
If you have gone too long without teeth, your jawbone may be too weak to successfully support dental implants. Without enough bone mass, the bone cannot properly fuse to the posts. This does not mean that implants are impossible. One way that implants can be made possible is with a bone graft. This is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting bone mass from another area of your body, or from a donor, to the weak areas of your jaw. We essentially rebuild the shape and strength of your jaw, making it possible for the bone to support the implant posts.
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, it may be possible to still receive a full arch restoration without the need for a bone graft. Typically, a full arch restoration requires the use of 6 to 8 implant posts. However, if the bone is too weak, you may be a candidate for the All on 4 treatment concept. With this treatment, your dental restorations are supported by only 4 implant posts, which are placed specifically within your jaw to maximize contact between the posts and your bone.
With dental implants, we are able to help stop bone and gum resorption, preserving the health and strength of your jaw. Call Beyond Dental and Implant Center at (972) 591-7520 today to learn more about dental implants and find out if this treatment is the right solution for you.
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