Our teeth have many essential functions. The most important of these is probably chewing our food, with talking a close second. And of course, there is our all-important smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the consequences include bone loss bone around the site of the extraction. Dental implants are an excellent solution to this problem, and The Carrollton Dentist can help.
We often think of bone as a solid mass. But beneath that seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. Bone is constantly regenerating, in a process sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this activity. If the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.
People with missing teeth not only have a gap in their smile; the bone recession leads to facial sagging. It is not simply a matter of appearance; it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about smiling.
Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession
Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. However, dental implants can provide an anchor for a partial denture.
What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success.
If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Dental implants can provide a unforgettable smile! Call our office to schedule a consultation. The Carrollton Dentist also provides other cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, as well as general dentistry.
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