Implant dentistry is a great way to replace one or multiple teeth long-term. An often overlooked benefit of implant dentistry is the ability to prevent bone loss in the jaw. This review discusses how implant dentistry can help you keep your jawbone healthy and prevent bone atrophy.
Implant dentistry: How it can protect your jawbone and periodontal health
Alternative solutions to implant dentistry do not provide the ability to preserve the density of the jawbone, whereas the jawbone should remain healthy with dental implants as long as the patient properly cares for their new smile.
Implant dentistry can help preserve jawbone density
Implant dentistry involves the use of small surgical posts known as dental implants that are fixed into the jawbone to hold and support replacement teeth. One unique benefit of choosing implant dentistry over alternative teeth replacement methods is the ability to preserve the health and strength of the jawbone.
Why bone loss can occur after the loss of teeth
Bone loss can occur after the loss of teeth as a result of atrophy. One of the primary purposes of the jawbone is to support teeth. If the jawbone loses this purpose due to the loss of teeth, then atrophy can occur, leading to a deterioration of the bone inside of the jaw.
The correlation between jawbone health and periodontal disease
One of the main causes of bone loss in the jaw is periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria causes constant attacks on the supporting structures of teeth, namely the gums and jawbone. A mild case of periodontal disease (gingivitis) may not lead to bone loss right away, but it can progress into a more serious type of periodontal disease (periodontitis), which can attack the gum and bone tissue and lead to concerns such as bone loss in the jaw, gum recession, and deep gum pockets.
What a dentist can do to treat bone loss before placing dental implants
There has to be enough healthy bone inside of the jaw to support the implants before the implants placement procedure is scheduled. If bone loss has occurred, then a dentist may recommend a bone graft procedure, which consists of taking bone tissue and grafting it to the area where bone loss has occurred.
How to care for your dental implant restorations and jawbone
After the completion of the implant dentistry process, the patient can protect their smile and help prevent loss of jawbone by practicing good oral hygiene, consuming a low-sugar diet, and visiting the dentist regularly for a check-up visit and dental cleaning to minimize the risk of periodontal disease.
Consult with our dental team about implant dentistry
Here at our dental practice, we assist patients throughout the implant dentistry process, from helping them put together their treatment plan to providing aftercare once their implant restorations are complete. To learn more about implant dentistry and to start the treatment process, contact us today.
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There are several options available to patients after losing a tooth. One of the more popular options -- and perhaps the longest-lasting solution – is implant dentistry. This involves the placement of one or more dental implants, followed by the attachment of abutments and a crown, bridge, or denture.Depending on the number of teeth that…
Implant dentistry uses dental implants to serve as the support for replacement teeth. The process involves a minor surgical procedure to place the implants. Although the risks are minimal, it can take some time for the mouth to fully heal and for the dental implants to fuse together with the jawbone after the implant dentistry…
Implant dentistry involves the replacement of natural teeth after tooth loss occurs using titanium posts (known as dental implants) and the attachment of a restoration, such as a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. A bone graft is often necessary before an implant dentistry procedure, particularly when there is not enough healthy bone inside the…