Dental Implants Maintain and Protect Bone
Dental implants maintain and protect bone. When a tooth is lost, the bone in that area immediately begins to melt away or resorb. The jaw bone’s only function is to support the teeth. Once a tooth is gone there is no reason for the jaw bone to be present. This bone loss happens rapidly the first year and continues forever. This constant bone loss can be a real problem since the teeth and surrounding jaw bone are essential for proper chewing, speech, and a youthful appearance. Without adequate bone, your facial contours change quite dramatically. When teeth and jaw bone are missing the cheeks sink in causing wrinkles and a premature elderly appearance.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stop or reverse bone loss. Chewing forces are transmitted down the dental implant into the jaw bone. This stimulates the jaw bone to maintain the bone level.
Dental implants are titanium cylinders that replicate the roots of natural teeth. After healing from the surgical placement, the surrounding jaw bone fuses with the dental implant in a process called osseointegration. Now the dental implant is locked into the jaw bone and can be used to make a dental implant or dental implant denture.
Old fashioned teeth replacement options do nothing to preserve bone levels. Dental bridges only “bridge” over the missing tooth. There is continuous bone loss over the missing tooth. Dentures and partial dentures replace missing teeth, but they rest on the gum tissue. However, the dentures and partials rubbing on the gum tissue actually accelerate the bone loss. Only dental implants preserve bone.
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Our office is located at 3421 Burke Rd #1 , Pasadena, Texas 77504.
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