June is National Safety Month, and now is a great time to consider how you can save your jaw bone from the degradation that naturally happens after tooth loss. Whether you’re missing multiple teeth or just one, you’re at risk of jaw bone loss unless you replace your missing teeth with dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When implants are placed by a skilled periodontist, they can provide you with a variety of benefits. Here are a few of the most notable:
Bone health support is one of the most important benefits listed above. Unlike other tooth replacement treatments, dental implants are actually inserted into the jawbone beneath the site of the missing tooth (or teeth). The portion of the implant inserted into the bone is called the post. It is typically made from titanium or another durable material that has a good chance of being accepted by the body. A natural-looking crown is attached to the post at the end of the implant placement process.
Over a period of up to eight months, the jaw bone grows around the implant post and eventually fuses to it during a process called osseointegration. Once this occurs, the implant post functions much like a tooth root and keeps the crown portion of the implant in place while simultaneously stimulating the jaw bone. Constant stimulation of the jaw bone by the implant post can save the bone from the degradation that typically occurs after a tooth is lost. It can also save the facial structure and prevent it from becoming altered by loss of bone mass in the jaw.
Schedule Your Appointment
Take advantage of National Safety Month by saving your jaw bone from unnecessary loss. To talk to a periodontist about your missing teeth and find out if you’re a good candidate for implants, call Dr. Marco Cueva of the Texas Implant and Periodontic Center in Allen, TX to schedule an appointment today.