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Do Dental Implants Stop Bone Loss?

Closeup of a dental implant next to natural teeth, showing the roots implanted into the jawbone

Missing one or more of your teeth can interfere with the function and look of your smile. Additionally, bone loss in the jaw is a common problem after tooth loss. It can result in changes in your facial appearance, shifting of your remaining teeth, and even loss of your other teeth. Fortunately, dental implants can help prevent bone loss to keep your jaw healthy.

Dental implants are the closest imitation of natural teeth available. Implants are biocompatible titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jaw to act as artificial tooth roots for artificial teeth. After being implanted into the jaw bone, they fuse with the surrounding bone for stability.

Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss

Your bones are in a constant state of remodeling, which is affected by various factors, such as nutrition and push and pull on the bones. Normally, chewing forces are transferred through the roots of natural teeth to the jawbone. This stimulates the growth of bone-building cells called osteoblasts. This stimulation regenerates new cells and prevents bone loss. Implants allow these same forces to be transferred to your jawbone via its replacement tooth root. Thus, an implant replaces your tooth and helps keep your jawbone healthy and strong.

Do I Have a Healthy Jawbone?

Enough jawbone mass is needed to support the implant. A strong and healthy jaw bone supports the dental implant healing process and prevents implant failure. To qualify for dental implants, you may need a bone graft if you have been missing teeth for a while and have already experienced bone loss or if you naturally have weaker bones. A bone graft rebuilds the structure and strength of the jawbone so the implant can become firmly anchored.

Schedule a Consultation to Restore Your Smile!

Are you interested in dental implants and wondering if you would be a good candidate? This tooth replacement solution comes with many benefits; preventing bone degeneration is only one of them! At CarolinasDentist, our experienced dentists can help you determine if a dental implant is the right option to restore your smile. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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