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When teeth are extracted bone loss occurs in the jaw since when there are no teeth roots (or implants) the jaw bone does not get stimulated. Where there are no teeth, the jaw bone in the empty space deteriorates due to lack of stimulation. If the space is left alone and no implant is placed in the first year of losing a tooth, that bone area loses 25% of its volume, and bone loss continues over the years.

Additionally, dentures can even cause the bone loss even to accelerate. This is due to the dentures often becoming loose, and rub against the bony ridge, and gradually wearing it away. Because an implant replaces the root as well as the tooth, and the ability to chew is provided, it creates the needed stimulation of the natural bone growth. This process makes the maintenance of the jaw bone through placement of dental implants possible.

One of our specialties at DC Perio & Implants is our focus on replacement of teeth and dental implants. A dental implant is a high-tech replacement of the roots that provide a long-term function and chewing ability for the patient but also benefit our patient by maintaining facial structures and jaw bone.

Furthermore, dental implants aid in keeping adjacent teeth stable. Unfortunately, as the gap from missing teeth can cause adjacent teeth to crookedly shift towards the gap. This pulls the teeth out of position and can affect the bite, the ability to chew and the patient’s appearance. In addition, the shifting of the teeth can cause interference that makes tooth replacement and placement of dental implants much more difficult later. It is important to know that poor bite can lead to problems with the temporamandibular going (TMJ) which in turn can result in pain and headaches. At DC Perio & Implants we believe that with placement of dental implants these problems can be avoided.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Facial Sagging and Premature Aging

At DC Perio & Implants we also inform our patients that dental implants can prevent facial sagging and premature aging. Facial sagging can be an unwanted effect of bone loss that results from missing teeth. This phenomenon happens where the lower third of the face starts to collapse, gradually closing the distance between the tip of the nose and the chin. These changes can result in excess wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips and a more pointed chin, making the person look a lot older than his or her true age.

When the tooth roots are left un-replaced, as with regular dentures, the face can begin to sag as bone mass deteriorates. Dental implants can aid in preventing this from occurring.

Armin Abron, DDS, MS

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