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How Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Tacoma, WA

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, which we provide at Bird Family Dental.

Stimulating your Jawbone

You might not know it, but your jawbone receives continual stimulation from your existing teeth. It needs that stimulation in order to keep producing new cells. When you lose one or several teeth, that stimulation becomes diminished and the risk of bone loss is prevalent. While you might have other tooth replacement options, such as a dental bridge and dentures, they will not stimulate your gums the way that dental implants do. Implants are actually a root that is implanted directly into the jawbone. The titanium material that the screw is made of will naturally fuse with your bone, giving it that stimulation it needs to continue to reproduce. Without this stimulation you would be at risk for bone loss and a major change in the structure of your face.

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 in your mouth, giving you a good chance at retaining your facial structure and aging gracefully, as they like to say.

Keep Chewing

Dental implants are one of the only ways to keep your mouth moving, so to speak. Dental bridges will allow you to chew some of your favorite foods, but you will have to be careful. Dentures allow you to eat less than bridges do, making eating uncomfortable and difficult. Dental implants, on the other hand, are fused into your jaw so they give your mouth a better ability to chew your favorite foods. Since your jawbone needs that stimulation from chewing, the implants serve to save your jawbone.

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 us today at 253-777-0252 to schedule an evaluation to determine your risk for bone loss and how dental implants can help you!

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Bird Family Dentistry
4707 S Junett St
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 777-0252

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