Bone loss is a devastating consequence of tooth loss. The most common cause of bone loss is not replacing lost teeth, especially when there’ more than one lost tooth. This is because the health of the jawbone is preserved through constant pressure and when that is reduced due to tooth loss, the bone tends to deteriorate.
At Lomita Torrance Dental in Torrance, dental implants are our treatment of choice for patients who have lost one, several or all of their natural teeth. Unlike conventional bridges and dentures, dental implants do not sit on the gums. Instead, they are embedded into the jawbone, where they create a strong and sturdy foundation for natural-looking replacement teeth.
Avoid Bone Loss with Dental Implants in Torrance
Tooth loss doesn’t just make it harder to eat or speak. Long-term tooth loss can actually lead to the loss of jawbone tissue. This can cause the remaining teeth to move around your mouth, and even lead to further tooth loss. Undoubtedly, one of the best treatments to prevent bone loss associated with missing teeth are dental implants.
Unlike conventional tooth replacement options, dental implants in Lomita offer a permanent solution to tooth loss, while also improving oral health and averting bone loss. At Lomita Torrance Dental, we use dental implants to replace single and multiple missing teeth as well as to stabilise other restorations, such as dental bridges and dentures.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts that are surgically embedded into your jawbone. Dental implants are made of titanium, a very strong and light metal, which is well accepted by the body. Once the implants come into contact with the bone tissue, a process known as osseointegration begins. During this process, the dental implants mesh with the bone tissue and form a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Once the healing period has passed, your dentist can mount the replacement teeth on top of your dental implants. These can be single crowns, dentures or bridges.
Missing Teeth and Bone Loss
The jawbone needs constant stimulation in order to preserve its health, shape and density. Our teeth provide this stimulation through chewing and biting. This regular movement of the teeth encourages the jawbone to grow and rebuild bone tissue. Once a tooth is lost, the jawbone no longer receives stimulation via the tooth roots, causing the jawbone to deteriorate. As the jawbone withers, the structure of the face can change.
Bone Loss and Dentures
Conventional dentures can hasten bone loss by gradually wearing away the soft tissue and the bone they are placed on. As a result, long-term denture wearers find that their dentures become loose and uncomfortable over time and are even painful when they talk or eat. People who wear dentures can also experience the collapse of their facial characteristics, especially around the ridge bone. This can cause jaw related-problems such as headaches and bite issues.
How Can Dental Implants Help?
Unlike conventional bridges and dentures that simply sit on the gums, dental implants in Torrance are embedded in the jawbone. Because they act like natural tooth roots, the jawbone will once again receive stimulation and respond by restoring its strength and volume.
Dental implants fuse and integrate into the jawbone naturally, serving as foundations for the installation of replacement teeth. An important reason to consider dental implants for replacing one or more missing teeth is the maintenance of the jawbone. The jawbone requires constant stimulation to remain healthy and dental implants offer this type of stimulation because they restore communication among the nerves, muscles and jaw joints.
What About Loss of Bone Density?
When bones loses density it becomes more porous. Density loss is much less common than loss of bone volume, but can happen. Bone can lose density because of a variety of factors, including diet, hormonal imbalances, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
Bone density can be detected with CT scans and what can be done is to avoid the areas of low density or use mini dental implants.
To learn more about dental implants in Lomita Torrance and how they can protect your jawbone, get in touch with our friendly team today. Call us at (424) 201-2885 to schedule a consultation at Lomita Torrance Dental.