Dental implants are best known as individual tooth replacements. Aside from providing a more durable alternative to removable dentures, they offer additional health benefits. They can help improve bone density by mimicking the function of natural teeth. Bone cells are attracted to titanium. They adhere to them better and growth is stimulated by the action of chewing, increasing bone density. Know how implants work and how they can help preserve bone health.
Can Dental Implants Help
Preserve Bone Health?
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Not so long ago, the most cost-
effective option for tooth loss was a
These prosthetic, false teeth set in
pink-colored acrylic plastic bases can
effectively restore function and
appearance. Unfortunately, it
accelerates bone loss in the jaw.
Removable dentures cannot provide
this stimulation. In fact, the pressure
they create compresses the gum’s
bony ridges and it can promote bone
The bone will shrink will no longer
match the contours of the dentures.
This explains why over time,
denture’s fit can become loose.
Recently though, a new development
has been able to provide better
support to dentures while
simultaneously preventing bone loss.
Dentures are now best supported by
What is Bone Loss?
Like other tissues, old bone cells die
and become absorbed in the body.
This process is called resorption.
Normally, they are replaced by new,
healthier cells. The forces generated
when we chew our food travel
through the teeth to encourage this
This stimulus ends though when we
lose our teeth, thus causing bone loss.
It is believed that 25% of the jaw bone
is lost within 1 year after a tooth loss.
Even after fitting dentures, the
pressure exerted on the gums is not
very significant, just 10% of the
If you lose upper back molars, the
sinus cavity will expand and since
there are no teeth, the extra
pressure on the gums will initiate
the resorption of the bone into the
sinus cavity. This is also best
corrected using dental implants.
How Does Dental Implants
The science behind dental
implants is fascinating. Titanium
screws are secured into the jaw
by a dentist and prosthetic tooth
or crown caps it all off. The
titanium will fuse with the bone
over time, which creates an
incredibly strong anchor.
Dental implants are fitted to your
mouth using a mold a guided 3D
imagery. Dentists can construct an
entire image of your mou