Your mouth, teeth, and jaw are all connected as one system. One part always has serious effects on the others. If you lose a tooth, not having it replaced is likely to have negative on your jaw bone. Turn to Dr. Joseph Gaspari to learn more about the importance of dental implants to your oral health.
The Dangers of Bone Atrophy
In order to remain healthy, your jaw relies on the roots of your teeth. If this link is severed, problems can develop. The shape and structure of your facial features can be noticeably altered. Worse, it is possible for bone atrophy or even bone loss to occur. In addition to bone problems, not replacing your teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift or develop problems of their own. It is vital that you make the decision to replace any teeth that you lose, whether it is from injury or gradual tooth decay. Of course, there are many different options for replacing your teeth, and not all of them provide a solution to the problems your bones may face.
How Dental Implants Can Help
The best long-term solution to tooth loss is a dental implant. This procedure involves integrating the base of the implant into your bone, which not only gives the implant greater strength, it prevents bone deterioration or atrophy. Other ways to have a tooth or several teeth replaced include:
While these procedures have their use, none of them involve work on the root of your teeth, meaning they may lead to the development of bone issues. Speaking with Dr. Gaspari about all your tooth replacement options will help you understand whether dental implants really are the best solution or if a different procedure would be more beneficial to your long-term oral health. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today and learn all about your options.