Missing Teeth and Bone Loss
Your teeth are a crucial part of your mouth. Not only do they allow you to bite and chew a wide variety of different foods, but they also help you to speak effectively and provide you with a confident smile. One of the lesser known roles of your teeth is their importance for the health of your jawbone. When you lose your teeth, all of these functions are affected. Beyond Dental and Implant Center is here to help.
The Importance of Your Teeth for Jawbone Health
Your teeth play a very important role in the health of your jawbone. Every time that you chew, your teeth stimulate the bone. This stimulation lets your body know that your jaw and surrounding areas require nutrients. Your body then sends what your jaw needs to remain strong and healthy.
Tooth Loss and Bone Loss
When you lose teeth, even just one, your jawbone loses the stimulation from those teeth. With less stimulation, your body begins to think that your jaw needs fewer nutrients. Because of this, your body sends fewer. Over time, the bone begins to weaken and resorb. As the jaw loses bone mass, it begins to change shape. Your adjacent teeth begin to shift out of alignment, altering your bite and causing issues such as bruxism and TMJ disorder.
Stopping Bone Loss After Tooth Loss
Following tooth loss, it is important that those missing teeth be replaced. Today, dental implants are one of the most popular options. Implants provide many incredible benefits. They look, feel and function just like your real teeth, are comfortable, are stable, and provide a long-term solution for tooth loss. The posts function just like the roots of your natural teeth. In addition to supporting your replacement crowns, the posts also restore stimulation to your jawbone. With stimulation restored, your body begins sending essential nutrients to your jawbone again, which helps to stop and prevent bone loss. The strength and shape of your jawbone are maintained.
For implants to be successful, however, your jawbone needs to have enough bone mass remaining in it. If your jawbone is too weak, the bone cannot fuse properly to the posts. In some cases, it may not be able to fuse at all. Your implant posts may be loose, wobbly, and unable to support your new teeth.
What if I Do Not Have Enough Bone Mass?
Just because your jawbone is too weak to support implants, this does not mean you are not a candidate. One way that implants can be made possible is with a bone graft. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting bone mass to your jawbone to restore its strength. The bone mass is either harvested from another location within your own body or taken from a tissue bank. Once you have healed from your bone graft surgery, your implants can then be placed.
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may be able to receive a full arch restoration without a bone graft first. Where a typical full arch restoration requires 6 to 8 implant posts, the All on 4 treatment concept only requires 4. These posts are placed specifically within your jaw to maximize contact between the posts and your bone. This helps to optimize osseointegration and the success of your implant treatment.
With dental implants, we cannot only restore your missing teeth but stop the bone loss that follows. This aids in maintaining the integrity of your jawbone, keeping it strong and healthy. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Beyond Dental and Implant Center at (972) 591-7520 today.