Bone loss is a common side effect of tooth loss, long-term gum disease or tooth decay. In the case of gum disease, the bacteria gradually eat away at the underlying jawbone and at the ligaments that connect the tooth to the bone. As well as this, missing teeth that are not replaced are more likely to encourage bone loss to the jaw as the bone reabsorbs into the body. It has been estimated in the first year after tooth extraction, 25% of bone is lost in the jawbone and this bone loss continues.
While nowadays there are many options to replace missing teeth and some of them are more cost-effective than others, only dental implants can offer a viable solution to bone loss. Dental implants in Leeds, such as those at Enhancedental, are embedded into the jawbone and act as replacement tooth roots. This process prevents the jawbone from deteriorating and even encourages the growth of healthy bone tissue.
Preventing Bone Loss
Bone loss can be prevented by giving the jawbone a replacement tooth with a root that can exert the same or similar pressure as natural teeth. This is done by replacing single or multiple teeth with dental implants, or by using a fixed implant-supported bridge or denture.
Dental implants can restore a patient’s chewing and biting power completely, because when they are fully installed, they look, feel and function just like real teeth. And as they promote biting and the circulation of nutrients within the jawbone, bone deterioration is halted and reverted.
Avoid Future Issues with Tooth Loss
Patients who wish to avoid future problems with tooth loss should pay attention to their gums and oral health. Gum disease is the leading reason for adult tooth loss. Better oral habits and regular dental check-ups can help maintain a healthy mouth without the need for further tooth loss. More importantly, patients with dental implants in Leeds should visit the dentist regularly for dental examinations and cleanings. Dental implants are not susceptible to decay or cavities, but they can be easily affected by gum disease following a poor oral hygiene routine.