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Losing teeth can make it more difficult to eat, not to mention the effect it can have on your smile. But that could be just the beginning of your problems. Missing teeth can contribute to extensive bone loss within your jaws and face. Here's why.
Bone is like any other living tissue—cells develop, function and eventually die, and new cells take their place. Forces generated during chewing stimulate this new growth, helping the jawbone maintain its normal volume and density.
But you lose this stimulus when you lose teeth. This can cause a slowdown in bone cell regrowth that can eventually diminish bone volume. And it can happen relatively quickly: you could lose a quarter or more of jawbone width around a missing tooth within a year.
As this loss continues, especially in cases of multiple missing teeth, the bone can eventually erode to its base level. This loss of dental function can make chewing more difficult, place more pressure on the remaining teeth and adversely affect facial appearance. It could also prevent an implant restoration to replace missing teeth.
Dentures and other forms of dental restoration can replace missing teeth, but not the chewing stimulus. Dentures in particular will accelerate bone loss, because they can irritate the bony gum ridges they rest upon.
Dental implants, on the other hand, can slow or even stop bone loss. Implants consist of a metal post, typically made of titanium, imbedded into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth with a life-like crown attached. Titanium also has a strong affinity with bone so that bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the implant's surface. This can produce enough growth to slow, stop or even reverse bone loss.
This effect may also work when implants are combined with other restorations, including dentures. These enhanced dentures no longer rest on the gums, but connect to implants. This adds support and takes the pressure off of the bony ridge, as well as contributes to better bone health.
If you've lost a tooth, it's important to either replace it promptly or have a bone graft installed to help forestall any bone loss in the interim. And when it's time to replace those missing teeth, dental implants could provide you not only a life-like solution, but a way to protect your bone health.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”
A fair number of people with total tooth loss have arrived at this point after a long history of dental issues. It's quite likely they've had a series of bridges or partial dentures over the years to accommodate lost teeth at various times before moving to full dentures.
For many, it often seems easier to extract any remaining teeth at some point and simply move on to a total restoration. It's often better for oral health, however, to preserve any remaining teeth for as long as possible and update restorations as needed. Dental implants could make this type of staged restoration strategy much easier to manage.
Implants are tiny metal posts surgically imbedded in a patient's jawbone. Over time, bone cells grow and adhere to the implant's titanium surface, creating a strong and durable hold. Its most familiar application is as a replacement for an individual tooth.
But because of their strength and durability, this advanced dental technology is also used to support other restorations like bridges and partial or full dentures by way of a few strategically placed implants. And it's in that role that they can be useful in planning and implementing future restoration upgrades when needed.
Under this strategy, we add implants to supplement pre-existing implants from earlier restorations to support the updated dental work. For example, we might have previously placed an implant supporting a single tooth or a small bridge. When the need later arises for a partial denture, we can add additional implants to be used with the earlier one to support the new denture.
If the earlier implants have been well-placed, we need only to add enough implants necessary to support a full denture when the time comes. How many will depend on the particular type of denture: A removable lower denture may only require one additional implant with one already in place. A fixed upper or lower denture will require enough to bring the number to between four and eight.
Taking this long-term approach can be more cost-effective in the long-run. More importantly, it can make for a smoother path for the patient and help preserve remaining teeth for as long as possible.
If you would like more information on restoration options for lost teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing All Teeth but Not All at Once.”
From giving you a durable, beautiful, and functional solution to your lost tooth to boosting your confidence, dental implants are quickly becoming the most sought-after tooth replacement option for restoring smiles. Implants are made up of a titanium screw that’s implanted into the jawbone and a crown at the top. They can accurately imitate the look and function of real teeth. Here at the Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, our dentists, Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Meiling, and Dr. Kendra Daniels, recommend dental implants because of the many benefits it can offer.
Keep Your Teeth From Moving
Teeth shifting occur when a missing tooth leaves a gap that your jawbone will compensate for by gradually moving your remaining teeth toward the gap. When you fill in this gap with a dental implant, however, your real teeth will remain in their correct positions.
Stimulate and Maintain Bone Integrity
If you have a missing tooth, the portion of the jawbone that once supported it would eventually deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation from tooth roots. With a dental implant to act as an artificial tooth root, the jawbone will be continuously stimulated and its bone density preserved.
Give Your Self-Esteem a Major Boost
Aside from the long-term benefits of dental implants mentioned above, they likewise make people smile confidently again. You may also find your speech improving since a lost tooth could make it hard to pronounce certain words correctly.
Take Great Pleasure in Eating Again
You will never need to worry about implants suddenly falling out when you eat since they’re permanently fused into your jawbone. In addition, because they work exactly like your natural teeth, you can certainly use them for eating all the food you enjoyed prior to losing your teeth.
Think You’re a Great Fit for Dental Implants?
Contact Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, and schedule your appointment with Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Meiling, or Dr. Kendra Daniels by calling (262) 549-6850.
Nothing looks, feels or acts quite like a natural tooth. But, dental implants from Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha come so close you will be amazed. Placed and restored by Drs. Jahimiak, Raz, and Loch, these replacement teeth could give your smile a wonderful second chance.
FAQs about dental implants
What are dental implants made of? They're made from a naturally-occurring metal called titanium. Having a cylindrical or screw-like shape, the titanium device bonds to the jaw through amazing osseointegration. A single-tooth dental implant also has an extension post to connect the screw to the high-quality porcelain crown which tops off the artificial tooth.
How long does osseointegration take? After your Waukesha dentist surgically inserts the implant, osseointegration happens gradually over a few months. Each individual is different with a different ability to heal.
Does the oral implant surgery hurt? No, it does not hurt because your dentist at Complete Family Dentistry will inject a local anesthetic to numb the implant site. Even if you require bone grafts to strengthen your jaw bone, healing will be quick and comfortable.
Can dental implants fail? Yes, they can, but relatively few do. Your dentist will examine your mouth, including your jaw bone size and density, and review your overall health before recommending any implant procedure. However, poor oral hygiene and tobacco usage can lead to bone and gum degradation around an implant, causing loosening and the need for removal. Overall, dental implants succeed about 95 percent of the time, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Routine brushing, flossing, and in-office check-ups and cleanings are key to healthy implant sites.
I need dentures. Can dental implants help me? You can enjoy a fully restored and functional smile even if you have lost all your teeth. Go through the qualifying examination, and your dentist will show you how multiple implants may anchor your bridge work or full/partial denture.
How can you learn more about dental implants?
Just phone Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, for a individualized dental implant consultation with one of our highly-skilled dentists. Get all your questions answered fully and in-person! Phone today at (262) 549-6850.
About 178 million Americans have missing teeth according to the American College of Prosthodontists. If you are part of this large contingency, you'll be happy to hear that dental implants can help rebuild your smile in a way that both looks and feels completely natural! Find out more about dental implants, how they work, and why they should fill the gaps in your smile by reading below, and if you are interested in treatment, contact Drs. Joel Jahimiak, Cathleen Raz, and Kendra Loch at Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI, today!
Why do I need a dental implant?
Dental implants replace a missing tooth and can benefit almost anyone with a gap in their smile. Furthermore, implants do more than just improve the aesthetic side of your smile—they also help eliminate side effects caused by the gaps, such as drifting teeth. In fact, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents bone atrophy, a condition that causes the bone under the gap to degrade.
Is it safe to get a dental implant?
Dental implants have been in use for decades. Modern implants use implant-grade titanium for the implant fixture (i.e. the piece that is placed directly into your jawbone), a step that has proven to be very successful in taking the place of missing tooth roots. Additionally, implants have a low rejection rate and are made to last a lifetime with proper care. Following the American Dental Association’s guidelines of brushing twice daily and flossing once daily coupled with regular dental examinations and cleanings is often enough to keep both your natural teeth and your dental implants healthy for years to come.
Rebuild your smile with dental Implants from our Waukesha office!
Dental implants can help rebuild your smile, renew its appearance, and boost your self-esteem by giving you a look that you love! If you think that you could benefit from dental implants, a consultation with your dentist is the best way to ensure that you receive the best tooth replacement option for your situation.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Joel Jahimiak, Dr. Cathleen Raz, and Dr. Kendra Loch at Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI. Dial (262) 549-6850 today to schedule your appointment!