When considering your options for tooth replacement, you’re sure to discover the well-known benefits of dental implant placement and restoration. These include:
- Superior Stability
- Natural Appearance
- Function Like Natural Teeth
- Easy to Care For
- Don’t Decay
While these features alone are persuasive, the essential advantage dental implants provide is the way this replacement tooth root preserves the underlying bone.
Some bone loss occurs naturally with age, and that is true for the jaw as well. However, when tooth roots are missing for a prolonged period, a process called resorption begins. Resorption is an acceleration of jaw bone loss due to a lack of stimulation once provided by the tooth.
The Incredible Shrinking Jaw
Have you ever noticed the familiar shrinking chin that develops over time in denture wearers? This is the result of resorption. Even the loss of one tooth can cause other teeth to shift and the process of resorption to begin, but this is especially true if you are missing several teeth.
When dental implants are placed promptly after tooth loss or extraction, it prevents rapid bone loss. The sooner you replace missing teeth, the less bone loss you experience.
Rebuilding the Jaw Bone
The longer you wait to replace missing tooth roots, the more likely you will need bone grafting to reconstruct the jaw for aesthetic purposes or to receive dental implants.
Call Us to Learn More about Advanced Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants in San Gabriel
Age, financial ability, and overall health play a large part in your decision when thinking about tooth replacement options. Let San Gabriel Valley Family Dental help guide you through the process. We are happy to answer your questions.