When left untreated for a long time, having missing teeth can lead to far more problems than simply missing some of your natural teeth. When you lose one or more of your natural teeth, it leads to deterioration of the jaw bone after the passing time. This deterioration can lead to significant changes in the way that your face looks, and it can also lead to difficulties for fitting removable dental restorations inside the mouth. Here are some additional facts that may encourage you to have your missing teeth treated sooner, rather than later.
The Denture Solution Vs. Dental Implants
Dentures are beneficial for avoiding problems caused by missing teeth. Regardless of the reason why you’ve lost a natural tooth, removable dentures look and function nearly just like your natural teeth did. The downside is that they offer very little benefit for avoiding the deterioration of the jaw bone because they don’t provide a replacement for the tooth roots of the missing teeth. As a result, bone deterioration still occurs.
When this starts to happen, dentures that comfortably fit in the space left vacant by your natural teeth, become ill-fitting and loose. This will inevitably lead to pain and discomfort, and also to embarrassment for you as it becomes more difficult to keep the fact that you wear dentures private.
Because dentures fail to alleviate the inevitable bone loss as a consequence of missing teeth, dental implants have a clear advantage when it comes to replacing tooth function off the missing teeth outside the gums, as well as that of the tooth roots. The implants replace both the tooth and the tooth root, thereby preventing bone deterioration entirely.
Supporting Dental Implants with Bone Grafting
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth in the mouth, and are anchored directly into the jaw bone. Sufficient jaw bone structure is necessary in order to provide the needed amount of support for anchoring the implants, however, there are some situations where significant bone loss has already occurred, but dental implants are still necessary. Bone grafting is used to strengthen the jaw bone structure in preparation for the dental implant procedure.
Bone grafting adds mass to the area of the jaw bone where the dental implants are to be anchored. When deterioration has already resulted, or the jaw bone has experienced a thinning to its edges called resorption, a bone graft is unavoidable. Mass augmentation of the jawbone makes it possible to successfully anchor the dental implants in the jaw, since it supplements the structure of the jaw bone to make it adequate for providing the needed amount of support where the implants are anchored.
If you’re missing any of your teeth, talk to your dentist about dental implants. It might not be too late to prevent future problems, and you’ll feel comfortable smiling again.
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