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How Dental Implants Can Stop Jawbone Atrophy
Many people today are choosing dental implants to help prevent jawbone atrophy or the loss and deterioration of the jawbone. Has your dentist recommended this option to you? Read below for an overview of jawbone atrophy and dental implants.
Causes of jawbone atrophy
Jawbone atrophy is the loss of bone in the jaw and can occur either in the lower or upper jawbone. So, what are some of the common causes?
This includes misalignments of the jaw. When the upper and lower jaw is not properly aligned this can lead to wearing down of either bone. This occurs because over time the forces of your bite are uneven and certain teeth can wear down more than others.
Since dentures are designed to sit on top of the gums, they do not come into direct contact with the jawbone. Bone tissue requires contact to stimulate regrowth and without it, it starts to resorb or deteriorate. Over time this will cause atrophy of jawbone muscles.
For the same reason as dentures, an extraction will immediately cause resorption of jawbone tissue. Without contact from a tooth, the jawbone starts to lose structure.
Dental implants and their benefits
A dental implant is a tooth replacement that acts as both an artificial crown and an artificial root. To help understand this, there are two major portions of each tooth: The portion you can see and the portion under the gums. The portion under the gums is the root and the inside of this section is the root canal. The visible portion of the tooth is called the crown, which you can remember because of its shape!
Implants are usually desirable to dentures because they are firmly rooted in the jawbone and do not move and grind against the jawbone during chewing. A disadvantage of dentures is that they can move around on the jawbone and cause wear over time.
One major advantage of dental implants is that they preserve your appearance. Since they take the place of both the crown and root of the tooth, they are always in and can be made to look just like a normal set of teeth. They can stay in at night and can be brushed and flossed the same as your natural teeth. They do not require removal at night and you couldn't even if you tried!
Dental implants can last many years. Many last between five and 15 years, but some can last upwards of 25 years! The lifespan of your implants will depend largely on how you care for them. You will need to brush and floss them just like regular teeth. They require good and regular oral hygiene. Remember they are not immune to infection, and bacteria can grow in the spaces between your implants and gums.
Since implants are firmly rooted in your jawbone, they are often more comfortable than alternatives like dentures. They do not move or slide around while eating. They also cannot come loose while eating, talking or during other activities.
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