The health of your jaw bone probably isn’t something you’re too concerned about – it’s probably not anything you’ve ever thought about at all. But a healthy jaw bone is important to your overall health and happiness – and if you’re missing a tooth, the health of your jaw bone is at stake. Dental implants have many advantages, and helping to keep your jaw bone healthy is one of them!
How do dental implants help the jaw bone?
Dental implants serve as excellent replacements for teeth – unlike dentures, they replace the whole tooth, even creating new “roots” for the tooth. A post made of titanium alloy is placed into the jaw bone – over time, the two fuse together to act as the tooth root. An abutment is placed on the post and then the new tooth is placed on that.
Because dental implants act just like natural teeth, they also serve to help keep the jaw bone healthy. When you bite and chew with your teeth, it transmits force to the jaw bone, telling the bone that bone mass is needed to withstand this force. When you have a tooth missing, the jaw bone misses out on this stimulation, and the bone eventually breaks down. Your jaw bone starts to deteriorate and you may lose more teeth.
Dentures can function as replacement teeth, but they don’t stimulate the jawbone like implants do – and taking care of them can be a hassle. Besides helping to keep your teeth and jaw healthy, dental implants have other benefits as well: they look and feel just like natural teeth, and they are easy to take care of – simply brush and floss as you do your other teeth.
If you are missing a tooth, you should know that it can eventually affect the health of not only your other teeth but also your jaw. There are many benefits to dental implants, and one of these is that they can help your jaw bone to stay strong and healthy. If you would like more information about dental implants, call Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee for an implant consultation. Call (414) 464-9021 for an appointment today!