One of the largest risks of losing permanent teeth is the risk of bone loss. Not only does this make it difficult to keep your retaining teeth, but it also changes the entire structure of your face. If you have ever seen an elderly person with an elongated face with what looks like no bones in the lower half of his mouth, you have seen the traditional “sunken in” look that occurs with tooth and bone loss. One of the most effective and only ways to prevent this bone loss from occurring is the use of dental implants.
Dental Implants Can Stop Bone Loss
Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants can prevent bone loss from occurring, allowing your jaw to keep its natural shape and appearance. Dental implants mimic the function and appearance of natural teeth. When you have dental implants placed into your mouth, they integrate to your jawbone and stabilize both it and your surrounding teeth. Dental implants also provide your jawbone with the constant stress and stimulation it needs to maintain itself. This stimulation is something that a basic crown and bridge solution cannot provide. With a dental implant, you keep your jaw healthy and maintain the structural integrity of your whole set of teeth.
Bone Loss Is Detrimental
If you are subjected to bone loss in your jawbone, your face and mouth will suffer many consequences. The most obvious worry is how much your looks will change as a result. As the bones reabsorb, the excess skin and muscle begins to sag, giving you a very elderly look. In addition, your gums could begin to shrink, which could put your oral health at even greater risk for disease. Dental implants help to prevent these situations from occurring.
If you are concerned about bone loss or have lost teeth recently, it is urgent that you talk to us about replacing them. Without proper stimulation, you could be at serious risk for bone loss, which has detrimental effects on your physical and oral health. Call 203-433-0384 for Branford Office or 203-285-8163 for Milford Office.