Dental implants are arguably the best possible choice for tooth replacement. They provide a natural-looking, permanent replacement that also helps stimulate jawbone growth. While traditional dentures can lead to atrophy of the jaw, implants actually help the bone continue to grow naturally.
The Importance of Jawbone Growth
The roots of your teeth hold them in place. They are embedded in sockets in the jawbone. As you chew, the roots move slightly, stimulating the bone tissue to regenerate. Without this stimulation, the jawbone can stop growing. In many people who have lost teeth and have not sought replacement, or who have chosen traditional dentures, the jawbone mass decreases over time, sometimes significantly.
Dentures rest on the gum tissue and so do not help stimulate the jawbone to grow. Dental implants, however, have a root portion that is placed directly in the jaw. It functions in the same way as a natural root—it anchors the tooth in place and also stimulates bone tissue growth as you chew.
Choosing Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth, or even just one tooth, implants can be an excellent choice for replacement. You and your periodontist can work together to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. Some conditions or circumstances might make it more difficult for your dental implants to heal. These include:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Certain treatments for osteoporosis
- Gum disease
If you are a smoker or have insufficient bone mass in your jaw, this can also make it more difficult for your jawbone and tissues to heal after implant surgery. Your periodontist might recommend pretreatment, such as treatment for gum disease or bone grafts, before you have your implant surgery. These pretreatments will ensure that your mouth is ready to receive your implants and will give you the best possible chance of a successful recovery. In addition, if you are a smoker, smoking cessation will also improve your ability to heal after surgery.
Contact the office of Dr. Brad Crump at 214-443-0876 to reserve your appointment today.