Jawbone Atrophy And Dental Implants - Causes | Benefits

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Jawbone atrophy is a condition of bone deterioration linked with tooth loss. The roots of your natural teeth stimulate the jawbone to keep it strong and healthy. When teeth are missing, this stimulation gets affected. As a result, bone growth stops suddenly and starts to wear away. Over time, atrophy can change the shape of your jawbone and leaves a sunken and aged facial appearance. Also, significant bone deterioration puts you at risk of losing more teeth. Dental implants are also preferred for another critical reason. Unlike other tooth-replacement methods, dental implant surgery helps prevent jawbone atrophy. Hence, dental implants not only replace your missing teeth — they also restore the missing roots of a tooth. At Implants Pro Center San Francisco, you can get back your lost smile.

During the implant surgery, a titanium post is fit into the jawbone to fill the natural tooth root gaps. And as you start healing, your bone will fuse around the post, properly securing the implant in place. This process is designed to stop further jawbone atrophy known as osseointegration. This also helps dental implants last for last a lifetime. With dentures and bridges, the roots of missing teeth aren't replaced. These tooth replacements rest on the gum line, so they do nothing to prevent bone deterioration. Atrophy is why denture- and bridge-wearers need adjustments or replacements over the years.

Causes Of Jawbone Atrophy

The jaw bone and the gums start to weaken and deteriorate along with missing teeth. Jaw bone deterioration starts when the alveolar bone (the bone which supports and surrounds your tooth) begins to atrophy. Once a tooth is missing, the alveolar bone starts to recede. When there is absolutely no assistance for the bone, the jaw bone begins to weaken, even if you have a dental bridge or a partial/full denture. Less chewing pressure is exerted on the bone, so it begins to deteriorate. Jawbone atrophy leads to:

  • Bite abnormalities - It means misalignments of the jaw. When the upper and lower jaw is not correctly aligned, it leads to the weakening of either bone. This happens because the forces of your bite become uneven over time, and individual teeth can wear down more than others.
  • Dentures - Since dentures are designed to sit on top of the gums, they do not come into direct contact with the jawbone. Bone tissue demands connection to impel regrowth, without which it starts deteriorating. This results in atrophy of jawbone muscles.
  • Extractions - For the same reason as dentures, a removal will suddenly lead to resorption of jawbone tissue. 

Benefits Of Dental Implants

The dental implant procedure replaces a tooth that acts as both an artificial crown and an artificial root. Implants are usually done because they are firmly bonded in the jawbone and become stagnant, which doesn't grind against the jawbone while chewing. In contrast, dentures can move around on the jawbone and cause wear over time. Hence, implants help;

  • Preserve appearance - One significant advantage of dental implants is that they preserve your presence. As they take the place of both the crown and also root of the tooth, they are always made to look just like a regular set of teeth. They can stick in at night too and can be brushed and flossed like your natural teeth. They do not need removal at night, and you couldn't even if you tried!
  • Longer lasting - Dental implants can last for many years. Many last between 5 to 15 years, but some can last upwards of 25 years! The lifespan of your implants will depend mainly on how you take care of them. You will require to brush and floss them just like natural teeth. They require excellent and proper oral hygiene. You need to cautious about infections, as bacteria can grow in the spaces between your implants and gums.
  • More comfortable -Since implants are adequately rooted in your jawbone; they are often more comfortable than substitutes like dentures. They are stagnant and don't slide around while chewing. They also don't become loose while eating, talking, or other activities.

It can be concluded that clinical studies have revealed that the only way to prevent or to stop bone atrophy is direct stimulation. In a healthy mouth, the tooth root automatically provides that stimulation. And in the absence of natural teeth, dental implants will do the job. The bone will receive the needed stimulus to stop deterioration in the case of dental implants. Although there are also other methods for replacing missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures, the implant does wonders. As the bone deteriorates, you can expect to eventually experience unattractive consequences such as sunken jowls and thinner lips. To stop jawbone atrophy and preserve your smile, contact our periodontist, Dr. Mohammad Ali, at our office Implants Pro Center, San Francisco.

Implants Pro Center©, San Francisco, offers a consultation at your convenience. You can learn more about dental implants and Implant Pro Center's treatment approaches. Find out today how dental implants can change your life. At Implants Pro Center©, San Francisco, we take all primary dental and medical PPO insurances, along with Medicare, thereby decreasing your anxiety about the expense of dental implant treatment or any oral surgeries. A tremendously experienced and caring team will give life-long care, maintenance, and assistance. Implants Pro Center©, San Francisco, is also decked with all the modern technologies like CT-Scan, Intravenous Sedation, Platelet Rich Fibrin, etc. to present nothing less than the best of services. You will be entirely at ease for any of your surgeries.

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