The main reason why dental implants are beginning to replace other teeth restoration methods is because of the fact that they can work and feel just like natural teeth. This is possible because dental implants are fused to your jawbone through a natural occurring process called osseointegration. This process allows your jawbone to meld with your new implant, giving your body the ability to directly manipulate the implant fixture just like it would a natural tooth root. In order for this process to succeed, your jawbone must be healthy enough to handle it. Today, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming are blogging from Nashville, TN to talk about jawbone deterioration, its effects, and what we can do to reverse the damage done by it.
Keep Your Jawbone Strong with Dental Implants
The thing that most people don’t know about the jawbone is that it is much like a muscle. What we mean by that is that, like a muscle, it requires constant exercise in order to stay strong and healthy. This exercise is usually obtained through vibrations caused by the impact food makes on your teeth when you eat and from talking to others. These vibrations travel down your tooth roots and into your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, you are losing a vital source of the exercise your jawbone needs to maintain its density and shape. As a result, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate.
So, clearly jawbone deterioration is going to prevent you from moving forward with dental implants. But, it turns out that jawbone deterioration can actually have some effects on your facial appearance. The reason for this is the fact that the jawbone plays a large part in supporting the shape and structure of your face. When your jawbone deteriorates, your cheeks can begin to appear hollow, resulting in your face appearing sunken. It is also common for the skin around the jawline to prematurely wrinkle, making the patient look aged or unhealthy.
If you are suffering from jawbone deterioration but would still like to restore your missing teeth with dental implants, this may still be possible. Fortunately, we can perform a treatment called bone grafting, which can restore your jawbone back to the point where it can support your implants. Bone grafting is a procedure that takes bone samples from another source and grafts them to the deficient areas of your jawbone. As your jawbone heals following the procedure, these bone samples will be accepted by your body and then integrated into your jaw structure.
Call and Schedule a Consultation at Dentistry of Nashville
One of the reasons why we recommend our patients move forward with dental implant treatment so quickly is so that we can begin the procedure before the jawbone deteriorates. This allows the patient to move forward with the implant process without needing a bone graft first. If you would like to learn more about the effects of jawbone deterioration and how dental implants can help prevent it, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming today.