How Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Most people associate tooth loss with the obvious cosmetic issues and some standard issues with speaking and chewing food. While these are the most glaring issues that missing teeth cause, a lot of people fail to realize that tooth loss has a number of other underlying side effects that may manifest into serious issues unless addressed immediately. Our experts recommend dental implants to ensure that your teeth do not suffer from any complications caused by tooth loss. If you or any of your loved ones are considering getting a tooth removed or are giving dental implants a thought, feel free to reach out to Dr. Xixi Wu for the opinions of our professionals.
Complications Caused By Tooth Loss
The most tiresome attributes of tooth loss include severe aches that may last throughout the day, and food getting stuck within the socket that is not only difficult to get out, but also causes extreme pain and sensitivity. You could lose your chewing function from the region around the lost tooth, and some people even have speech problems.
If the socket remains unfilled for too long, not only do these problems persist, but you can also notice your face starting to droop and the structure of your jaw changing because of this. The jawbone also begins to deteriorate, and this means that you may need additional bone grafting procedures if you do choose to get dental implants or tooth replacements later on.
Implants And Their Benefits For Reducing And Preventing Bone Loss
Implants are screw-like structures usually made of metal, that are inserted into your jawbone and allowed to fuse with it to form a strong foundation for an artificial tooth that will be attached to it with the help of an abutment. Implant restoration has a 95% success rate in most cases, and thus, is one of the safest and most sought-after procedures for tooth restoration.
Dental implants mainly prevent jaw deterioration by fusing with the jaw itself and tightening it, behaving like a natural root. They mimic natural teeth, and thus look and feel very natural too. Therefore, they prevent the jaw from sagging and keep it intact and support nearby teeth too. Tooth loss often results in the gums loosening and nearby teeth getting affected because of this, and implants solve that by re-strengthening the gums. If your gums have become extremely loose over the course of time, you may need gum grafting to help correct this.
Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?
Anyone with a healthy jawbone and no serious illnesses or blood disorders such as diabetes, cardiac diseases, or cancer is the perfect candidate for dental implants. If your jawbone is weak, your treatment has to be prolonged by additional grafting procedures. Thereon, the surgery will be done in stages, starting with a thorough examination of the empty socket and its cleaning, before the implant is placed and allowed to heal over the course of a few months. If you would like to know more about implant restoration, contact Dr. Xixi Wu by giving us a call at today.