Tooth loss can occur for a couple of different reasons. In many cases, tooth loss is the result of an accident and subsequent dental emergency. Whether through a physical accident or a sports injury, you may have teeth broken or knocked out of your mouth. Tooth loss can also occur when bacterial infection has made a tooth unsalvageable, or caused gum disease so severe that the tooth loosens and falls out. In the wake of tooth loss, dental implants can provide a comprehensive recovery for patients and strengthen their jawbone — if their jawbone is healthy enough for surgery.
You Need a Healthy Jawbone to Support Dental Implants
Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option because they most accurately recreate the structure of a natural tooth. Implants are placed in the jawbone, so they heal and fuse to the bone. This type of root structure is what makes normal teeth so sturdy and gives them their bite power. In order to support dental implants, your jawbone needs to be healthy enough for surgery. This can be a concern if periodontal disease has caused your tooth loss, as periodontal disease can cause the deterioration of your jawbone.
Dental Implants Can Fortify Your Jawbone in the Long Run
If your jawbone is healthy enough to support dental implants, this prosthetic option can actually help to fortify your jawbone in the long run. Your jawbone needs the stimulation that comes from chewing with your natural teeth. When you’re missing teeth, your jawbone doesn’t get this stimulation in those areas, and it can cause the bone to weaken over time. Dental implants stimulate the jaw in a way that fortifies it and keeps it strong over time. This is another reason why implants are such a good prosthetic option.
What Can You Do if Your Jawbone Is Weakened
If periodontal disease has worn down your jawbone, you can still replace your missing teeth to rebuild your smile and your bite. Your dentist and/or oral surgeon may consider bone grafting to rebuild your jawbone and its structure. This can be a way to strengthen the bone and allow for eventual dental implants. Your dentist may also turn to alternative dental prosthetic options. Dental bridges can be used to replace a single missing tooth, or a sequence of missing teeth in your mouth.
Explore Prosthetic Dentistry Options at Melrose Dental Arts
Prosthetic dentistry can rebuild your smile and your bite. While dental implants create the most comprehensive replacement, they aren’t the only option. If your jawbone isn’t strong enough, dental bridges or partial dentures may be able to work. You can explore all of your prosthetic options at Melrose Dental Arts. Schedule an initial consultation at Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by contacting our office at 760-724-9117.