Dental Implants Reverse Bone Loss And Restore Oral Health
You probably already know that in order to avoid cavities and more serious dental problems, you have to take good care of your teeth. But consistent brushing and flossing habits, in conjunction with regular check-ups at the dentist, do more than just protect your oral health—they also help keep a host of other serious conditions at bay. Heart disease and stroke, for instance, have both been linked to poor dental hygiene.
As we age there is more to consider when it comes to our teeth. These days they say 60 is the new 40, but some older adults are not sure their teeth have heard this news! The Center for Disease Control & Prevention says 26% of senior citizens over 65 have lost all of their teeth. Dentures have historically been the solution for this condition but many still suffered from severe jaw- bone loss, decrease in the ability to chew, problems with speech, and gum irritation.
In regards to the bone loss, bone needs stimulation to maintain its form and density. That is why the astronauts lose bone mass while they are in space—their bones lack the stimulation that results from our everyday resistance to gravity.
“The bone in your jaw is constantly reinforced by the force applied by your teeth,” says Dr. Sharma, an expert on the subject with years of experience treating bone loss. The teeth transmit force to surrounding bone, so when you lose a tooth, the lack of stimulation results in bone loss or “resorption.”
Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone in place of missing teeth. Then prosthetic restorations, like porcelains, bridge-work, or dentures are attached to a post or abutment placed inside the implant. So when you chew, the implant acts like the root of a tooth—it transmits force to the jaw and stimulates the bone. It is as if implants “trick” the bone into thinking there is still a tooth present. By transmitting the natural forces of chewing to the jaw, implants increase bone density. Dental implants have been proven not only to stop bone loss, but in some cases actually to reverse bone loss and restore the health of the jaw.
Consistent brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dentist will significantly improve the health of your gums and teeth. If you are missing teeth though, consider the health of your jaw bone as well when making decisions about your dental care.
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Dr. Sharma MDS