One of the most detrimental occurrences that can happen after tooth loss is the jawbone becoming resorbed back into the body. The roots of teeth do more than just hold your pearly whites into place. They also provide stimulation to the bone, keeping it strong. Losing just one tooth can cause part of the bone tissue to deteriorate. Fortunately, dental implants provide a solution so that you retain your overall facial structure.
How Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. The implant is basically serving as a replacement for the tooth root while a crown gets placed on top to replace the visible component of the tooth. With an implant in place, stimulation is provided to the bone every time you chew, so resorption is halted. In some cases, jawbone deterioration can even be reversed if it has already taken place.
How Dental Implants Can Prevent Other Problems
Jawbone loss is bad enough as it is. However, it can also lead to additional dental health problems that need to be addressed immediately. Even if only one portion of the jawbone has been resorbed, then that part of the jaw has weakened substantially. The nearby bone holding in the surrounding teeth is also going to be weakened. This increases your likelihood of losing even more teeth. A weakened jawbone can make life more inconvenient in various ways. Eating certain, more fibrous foods might become more of a challenge.
Contact Us to Restore Your Oral Health
If you have lost a tooth due to decay or gum disease, then you also need to address those underlying issues or else the same thing could happen again very soon. To retain your natural facial appearance, contact the office of Dr. Kevin Hogan. Our team can provide you with the perfect dental restoration, so do not hesitate to get in touch.