Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement solution for patients who are missing teeth. This treatment can restore oral functions as well as enhance the appearance of your smile.
Implants can also help rebuild jawbone strength, which can deteriorate after tooth loss. The dentists at Tyma Trachtenberg Center for Contemporary Dental Health in Doylestown, PA describe how dental implants can positively impact the health of your jawbone.
What Happens to Jawbone After Tooth Loss?
In a healthy dental patient, the tooth root extends below the gumline to the jawbone. The root’s presence stimulates the jawbone and keeps it strong. When a patient loses a tooth, the root no longer stimulates the jaw, and the bone begins to deteriorate with this absence.
Weakening jawbone can cause facial structure to weaken as well, leading to the appearance of facial sagging. Deteriorating jawbone health can also be harmful to your remaining teeth, which can shift positions or fall out.
How Can Dental Implants Help My Jaw?
A dental implant consists of a titanium post that a dentist surgically places into the jaw. Once this heals, the dentist secures a prosthetic tooth or crown to an abutment at the gumline attached to this post.
The titanium post replaces the tooth root and successfully stimulates the jawbone in the same way. This stops deterioration of the jawbone and can also encourage regeneration of bone that may have already been lost.
The dental implant fills gaps in your smile to enhance the appearance of your teeth, restores oral capabilities like eating or speaking, and renews strength to the jaw. This stops the appearance of facial sagging too.
Can My Jaw Support Dental Implants?
Because the titanium post is placed into the jaw, your jawbone must be intact and strong enough to sustain the implant. If too much bone has deteriorated due to tooth loss, you may not be able to support dental implants.
Your dentist may suggest a bone graft to add structure to the jaw and make it stable enough for implants. If this is not possible, your dentist might recommend an alternative tooth replacement treatment.
Dental Implants and More in Doylestown, PA
Tyma Trachtenberg Center for Contemporary Dental Health offers dental implants to patients in Doylestown, PA. Our practice also specializes in restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 215.261.7392.