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Dental Implants or Dentures: Which are Better for Stopping Bone Loss?

March 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — ridgepointdent @ 4:39 pm
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When you have to decide on getting traditional dentures or dental implants, you’ll need to consider a variety of factors, such as the expected cost, how soon your new teeth will be ready, and the long-term quality of the chosen form of tooth replacement. One particular factor that you may not think of on your own, though, is the matter of jawbone preservation. If you don’t want your jaw to break down after tooth loss, what is your best replacement option? You can discover the answer by reading on.

How Missing Teeth Cause Bone Loss

You may not realize it, but your teeth are actively making sure your jawbone stays healthy whenever you chew on food. The pressure stimulates the area and signals to the rest of the body that the area needs maintenance to stay strong. But when a tooth is missing, the jaw doesn’t get that stimulation anymore. Since the body thinks the bone is no longer needed, it will start to resorb it, breaking it down to raw materials that can be redistributed elsewhere. Within a year, as much as 25% of the bone tissue near the area where the tooth was lost may be gone.

What’s the Best Way to Prevent Bone Loss?

Dentures in Keller do nothing to stop bone loss from occurring. They rest on the gums and don’t interface with the jawbone at all, so they don’t provide any sort of stimulation even while eating. In certain cases, they may even contribute to the shrinkage of the jawbone, and over time you’ll likely need to have them relined and refitted due to the changing shape of your mouth.

Dental implants in Keller closely mimic the functions of natural tooth roots, and that makes them the form of tooth replacement that’s best suited for stopping further bone loss from occurring. And thanks to the stability of the implants, both your jaw and your new teeth will be much stronger over the long term. Since bone loss is a common concern after tooth loss, your dentist is highly likely to recommend dental implants over dentures if you’re determined to be a candidate for implant surgery.

What if Bone Loss Has Already Occurred?

If your jaw has already started to break down to some degree, your dentist will have to check to make sure there’s enough bone density to support implants. Even if you have already suffered from bone loss, you might still be able to get implants after a bone graft.

Dentures are still used to this day for a reason, but dental implants offer clear benefits for your oral health that traditional tooth replacements can’t match. Set up a consultation today to discuss your best choice for filling in gaps in your grin.

About the Author

Dr. Sweeta Walia has found plenty to love about dentistry in over 15 years of working in the field. She has completed Hiossen International Implant Training and is currently a Master of Implant Prosthesis, allowing her to create new, longer-lasting smiles for those who have lost multiple teeth. To ask about implants or dentures, you can schedule an appointment at her practice, Ridgepoint Dental, by visiting her website or calling (817) 952-8100.

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