Losing one, several or many teeth can create a chain reaction, leading to a series of negative effects for oral and overall health. Besides losing their ability to bite, chew and speak properly, patients with missing teeth are also in danger of jawbone deterioration and further tooth loss.
The purpose of the bone surrounding the teeth in the jaw is to support the teeth, and once the teeth are gone, the bone loses its purpose and begins to deteriorate. It is a process that starts immediately after teeth are extracted, proceeds very rapidly over the first months and can even lead to tooth loss over the years as the remaining, healthy teeth start moving towards the gaps created by the missing teeth.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces teeth permanently and helps prevent jawbone deterioration. Dr Joe Bhat, a dentist with many qualifications can replace your missing teeth with dental implants and restore the function of your mouth fully. Unlike conventional dentures and bridges that merely sit on the gum and require replacement every few years, dental implants are permanent, fuse to the jawbone and create a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
What causes bone loss in the jawbone?
The jawbone needs constant stimulation to retain its shape and density. The teeth themselves provide this stimulation through chewing and biting. This regular movement of the teeth encourages the tissue in the jawbone to grow and rebuild to support our teeth and gums. Once we lose one or several teeth, the jawbone no longer receives stimulation, causing the jawbone to volume and start to deteriorate. If this process is not interrupted, the structure of the face can change drastically.
How can dental implants help?
Dental implants actually grow around the jawbone to create a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. This process is possible because they are made of titanium, a metal that is compatible with human body tissue. Once in place, your dentist, Dr Joe Bhat, will leave them heal for a few weeks or months, before topping them with replacement teeth.
If you are interested in dental implants, dentist Joe Bhat can help you decide whether this treatment is right for you.