Missing teeth don’t just affect your appearance, they can also lead to jawbone deterioration!
The jawbone is not a static system, the simple act of chewing actually works to keep the jawbone healthy and strong. Every single time your teeth touch, it sends a message to the periodontal ligament, which stimulates the production of new cells in the jawbone. Unfortunately, when you have a missing tooth, those signals drastically decrease, and your body can’t replace the minerals and cells your jawbone loses. Once a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins deteriorating rapidly. In fact, just one missing tooth can lead to the bone in that area shrinking by up to twenty five percent in a single year!
How do dental implants protect the jawbone?
When a dental implant is inserted, the dentist will place a post into the bone, and once it has healed, the post will take on the same characteristics as a natural tooth root. In addition to providing you with a beautiful smile, dental implants can prevent continued bone loss in the jaw. Dentures, bridges and other restorative dental treatments won’t prevent jaw shrinkage where there is missing teeth like dental implants will.
If you have a missing tooth, it is important to get it taken care of as soon as possible to prevent jawbone loss. Find out if dental implants are the right option for you by contacting us today to schedule your appointment.