Living without a full set of teeth places you at a great disadvantage. It not only leaves you feeling insecure about your appearance, but it can also lead to malocclusion, further tooth loss and oral dysfunction. Hands down, the best way to replace any number of missing teeth is dental implant insertion. Not only does it rejuvenate a smile, encourage proper alignment and improve functionality, but it offers even more. Read on to learn about the connection between bone density and dental implant success.
How a Dental Implant Works
A cylinder-shaped titanium post, a dental implant mimics the original tooth root. It’s surgically inserted into the jawbone, and over a period of three to nine months, it fuses with the bone bed through a naturally-occurring process called osseointegration. This component of the implant procedure separates it from any other method of tooth replacement.
How Dental Implants Affect Jawbone Density
Your teeth rely on a network of shared tension to maintain their position. Therefore, if even one of them is left missing (usually longer than a year), the other teeth can start to drift, and you can suffer diminished jawbone density.
When an implant is inserted into the bone bed, and the fusion process is successfully completed, it triggers the jawbone to continue producing new bone cells. This is quite significant, as it’s what allows for the maintenance of your bone density.
The Multiple Benefits of Receiving Dental Implants
Here are some of the advantages of preserving your jawbone through dental implant insertion:
- You won’t have to worry about facial collapse and premature wrinkles.
- A strong jawbone translates into robust gums that fit snugly around the base of your teeth to prevent tooth loss.
- With your remaining teeth better fortified through implant placement, you can once again eat the foods you previously had to give up.
Qualifying for Dental Implants
If you’re considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, then the first step is to visit a local dentist to be assessed. He or she will be looking for signs of pre-existing dental health issues that need to be corrected, like gum disease or bruxism (teeth grinding). Additionally, the dentist will measure your current jawbone density to make sure it can support a dental implant.
Because such a careful approach is taken to performing the procedure, dental implantation has a 95% success rate. Currently, all elective procedures have been placed on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis. As soon as the threat eases, you can reach out to your local dentist to request a visit.
About the Author
Dr. Larry C. Young is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Dentistry. A compassionate and highly-skilled professional, he has over 40 years of experience providing dental care. As an avid learner, Dr. Young has received advanced postgraduate training at the renowned Pankey Institute, and he uses his vast expertise to perform dental implantation from start-to-finish. He strengthens jawbones and reconstructs smiles at Larry Young Dental, and he can be reached for more information through his website.