Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience, affecting your oral health, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. In addition to aesthetic concerns, the loss of teeth can lead to serious complications, including bone loss. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding bone tissue may deteriorate, leading to further tooth loss and even changes in facial appearance.
Fortunately, dental implants provide a solution to this problem. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, integrating with the surrounding tissue to provide a stable and permanent foundation for a replacement tooth.
In addition to restoring the appearance and functionality of missing teeth, dental implants can also help prevent bone loss and maintain a healthy jawbone structure.
Can Implants Stop or Reverse Bone Deterioration?
Bone loss occurs when there is a lack of stimulation to the jawbone. In the case of missing teeth, the jawbone no longer receives the necessary pressure and movement during chewing and speaking, leading to bone deterioration. Additionally, the body may begin to reabsorb bone tissue for use elsewhere, further contributing to bone loss.
Over time, this process can cause the jawbone to weaken and shrink, potentially leading to a host of oral health issues, including gum disease, further tooth loss, and an aged appearance. Dental implants can stimulate the jawbone to prevent bone loss and maintain a healthy oral structure.
Bone Grafting to Repair Bone Density
Bone grafting is a common procedure used to repair bone density and improve the success of dental implants. In this procedure, bone tissue is taken from another part of your body, such as the chin, hip, or shinbone, or a synthetic bone substitute may be used. The bone material is then inserted into your jawbone, fusing with the existing bone tissue, creating a durable foundation for the dental implant.
Bone grafting is typically performed several months before the dental implant procedure to allow sufficient time for the new bone tissue to fuse and integrate with the jawbone. While the process can be complex and require a longer recovery time, bone grafting can effectively restore lost bone density and support dental implants.
How Dental Implants Work After Bone Regeneration
After a bone regeneration procedure, dental implants are typically placed into the newly regenerated bone tissue. The implant is a small titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone. Once there, the implant will fuse with the bone tissue over several months in a process called osseointegration.
Once the implant is integrated with the jawbone, your dentist reopens the site to place a small abutment that connects the implant to the dental prosthesis. This minor surgery takes about two weeks to heal.
Finally, a custom-made crown or bridge is attached to the abutment, creating a natural-looking and functional replacement for the missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are a highly successful and long-lasting solution for missing teeth, providing a stable and reliable foundation for replacement teeth that can restore oral function, improve self-esteem, and prevent further bone loss.
Learn More About Dental Implants at Smile On
If you’re considering dental implants, Smile On Dental Salon & Sleep Apnea Center is a great resource to learn more about this procedure and other options for restoring missing teeth. Our team of experienced dental professionals will work with you to evaluate your unique needs and develop a personalized treatment plan that fits your oral health goals.
From the initial consultation to the final placement of your dental implants, our team will guide you through every step to ensure your comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Whether missing one tooth or many, Smile On Dental Salon & Sleep Apnea Center can help restore your smile and improve your overall well-being.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our dental implant services.