The consequences of jaw bone loss

Bone loss is a common issue for adults of all ages who have missing teeth or who wear traditional dentures to replace all of their teeth. The lack of stimulation due to the tooth root no longer being in place results in jaw bone deterioration. This issue causes a range of negative effects that deserve a closer look. Continue reading to learn more.

Jaw bone atrophy

Our teeth consist of living tissue. Their strong and deep roots act as anchors within our jaws. Chewing on a daily basis keeps our teeth active and healthy. Once tooth loss occurs, the root anchors disappear and the jawbone shrinks or atrophies over time due to disuse.

We all remember an elderly family member whose dentures seemed to move in the opposite direction from their lips when they spoke. This was often an awkward and embarrassing situation for our loved one. Originally, their dentures probably fit snugly; however, over the years the lower jaw bone (mandible) shrank to become a thin horseshoe and the upper jaw bone (maxilla) changed to the shape of a flat sand dollar. This was due to bone resorption from lack of tooth stimulation.

Dental implants prevent bone loss

With a dental implant, tiny titanium posts are surgically inserted into the jaw and an artificial tooth is attached. These metal screws are the closest thing to natural tooth roots that dental science has ever offered to replace missing teeth. That is why implants are the only replacement method that prevents bone loss. Once healed, dental implants provide stimulation, strengthen the jaw and keep the remaining teeth stable.

The need for bone grafting

In severe cases of jaw bone loss, patients may have to undergo bone grafts in order to rebuild their jaw. Pieces of bone from a bone bank are grafted into place so that implantation is possible. Having this in-office procedure allows many people to be viable candidates for implants where it would not otherwise be possible.

While the notion of a bone graft may sound like a disturbing procedure to some, it is actually rather simple and can be performed without pain. Once the new osteoblasts grow into the surrounding bone tissue and osteogenesis occurs, the dental implants can be surgically inserted safely.

The best choice for replacing missing teeth

Whether you need to replace an entire upper and lower arch of teeth or only a single tooth, dental implants are your best option. They keep your jawbone intact, healthy and strong. Plus, an implant tooth nearly matches the look and strength of a natural tooth. It is by far the best tooth replacement method available.

If you are considering dentures or have a hole in your smile, you need to think about getting dental implants. They are the longest lasting solution and they require no special care. Simply brush and floss like normal to maintain a healthy grin. You will look great and feel fantastic every time you smile with your new dental implants. In addition, you will prevent the consequences of jaw bone loss from becoming an issue in your future.

Every facet of dental implants and related cosmetic procedures is available at Harrell Dental Implant Center. We are the Charlotte area leader in implant dentistry, having restored the smiles of countless satisfied patients. If you have missing or damaged teeth and are seeking a permanent restoration solution, our practice is just what you’re looking for.

Make an appointment with us today for your free dental consultation. Dr. Robert Harrell will assess your needs, answer any questions you might have and show you your best course of treatment. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on this page to schedule your appointment. During your visit a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.