The reason why dental implants are able to provide such great results for our teeth restoration patients is because, much like your natural teeth, implants are directly fused to your jawbone. Through a process called osseointegration, your dental implants are integrated into your jaw structure and accepted as natural. In order for this process to work, it is only natural that your jawbone must be strong enough to support implants. This standard can be hard to reach as your jawbone actually begins to deteriorate when you lose a tooth. Today Dr. Chuck Majors is blogging from Bryan, TX to talk about jawbone deterioration, its effects, and what can be done to reverse the damage done by it.
Defend Your Jawbone with Dental Implants
What many people don’t realize about the jawbone is that it is much like a muscle, in the way that it requires constant exercise to stay healthy and strong. This exercise usually comes from vibrations that result from food impacting on your teeth. These vibrations travel down your tooth roots and into your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, you are no longer getting the exercise your jawbone needs and it will begin to deteriorate as a result. If your jawbone deteriorates too much, it will be unable to support dental implants.
Jawbone deterioration can actually have many cosmetic effects that can lower your quality of life. For instance, it is common for our patients to develop hollow cheeks, resulting in a “sunken appearance.” It is also rather common for the skin around your jawline to prematurely wrinkle. In fact, patients who suffer from jawbone deterioration tend to be described as appearing aged or unhealthy. These effects tend to weigh on our patients and often result in lower self-esteem.
If you are suffering from jawbone deterioration, it may still be possible for you to pursue treatment with dental implants. Through a process called bone grafting, it is possible for us to restore our patients’ jawbones to the point where they can support dental implants once again. Bone grafting is a procedure where bone samples are taken from another part of your body, usually the hipbone, and are then grafted to the deficient areas of your jawbone. If you are uncomfortable using samples taken from your body, it is also possible for us to use synthetic or heavily sterilized animal bone instead. While this procedure is usually performed right before your implant procedure, it may need to be performed months in advance if your jawbone has deteriorated too much.
Schedule a Dental Implants Consultation in Bryan, TX
It is for the reasons above that we recommend our patients in Bryan and College Station, TX restore their missing teeth with dental implants as soon as possible. By replacing your teeth quickly, we can prevent the need for bone grafting because you will be beginning your treatment before your jawbone can deteriorate too far. If you would like to learn more about the dental implant process or about bone grafting, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider Dr. Chuck Majors today.