We all know that a healthy smile requires healthy teeth and gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Teeth need a strong foundation to remain healthy and beautiful. In this post from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we take a look at bone recession and dental implants.
Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is usually the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth. When a tooth is missing from the jaw, the blood supply and stimulus for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy.
When a tooth is lost due to extraction or some other issue, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.
A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the patient’s jaw. It acts as a replacement tooth root, providing the stimulation the bone needs to stay healthy.
One implant can support one artificial tooth. Several can support a dental bridge, and multiple implants can support a full dental arch.
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