Dental implants are one of the best treatments for patients who are missing teeth. They are permanent, durable, and restore the function of your teeth while enhancing your smile’s appearance. One of the most valuable benefits of dental implants is avoiding bone loss that can occur in patients with missing teeth. Dr. Andrew Cobb, a dentist in Washington, DC, describes how dental implants can effectively restore bone loss in the jaw.
How do dental implants help my bone structure?
Dental implants are surgically placed into your mouth using three parts. First, a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone with an abutment on top to provide a secure structure. Then a prosthetic tooth is secured over the abutment, completing your smile. A missing tooth can cause gums to recede and bone structure in the jaw to degenerate.
With the foundation of a tooth returned to the area through an implant, the jawbone can not only stop deteriorating, but its growth can be stimulated. Many patients will see successful bone regeneration in the jaw after a dental implant. This will allow patients to have jaw function returned and facial shape preserved.
Can other tooth replacement treatments help?
Dentures are another tooth replacement option for patients less willing to commit to the permanence of dental implants or those seeking less expensive treatment. Dentures can stop teeth from shifting in the wake of missing teeth. They can also restore normal eating and speaking function.
However, because they lack the implant element in their structure, dentures do not prevent bone loss in patients with missing teeth. Implants are the only tooth replacement treatment that can stimulate bone growth and reduce facial sagging.
What if I already have substantial bone loss?
Implants can encourage the regrowth of jawbone that has deteriorated due to missing teeth. However, in order to receive dental implants, your dentist must evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, and bone. If you already have substantial bone loss in your jaw, you may not have enough of a foundation to support dental implants. In this situation, your dentist may recommend another surgical option, such as a bone graft, to restore bone in your jaw.
Find experts in dental implants in DC
Dr. Cobb is a dental implant specialist located in Washington, DC. He also provides general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services. For more information, schedule an appointment with us online or contact us by phone at 202.455.0901. We also offer virtual dentistry for patients interested in dental advice from the comfort of their homes.