Protection Against Jaw Problems After Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can affect your oral health in several ways, and some of those effects might surprise you. One problem many patients encounter is an issue with the health of their jawbone. Losing a tooth means that your tooth root is no longer providing stimulation to the bone. The absence of that stimulation can lead to a loss of minerals, and to deterioration. Unfortunately, this can still occur for patients who have a dental prosthetic put in place. Of course, when you secure your prosthetic with a dental implant, you can count on the implant to bring back that stimulation, and prevent this issue (known as jawbone resorption) from arising.

How A Dental Implant Is Placed

The placement of your dental implant does require oral surgery. The implant, which essentially operates like a prosthetic tooth root, is actually set in the socket where your tooth root was previously housed. After this occurs, a recovery period will take place. As time passes, your jawbone will actually fuse with the implant. Once this healing has occurred to a sufficient degree, your dentist can provide you with your restoration. A life-like dental crown can act as a discreet prosthetic, and make sure your smile looks – and feels – complete.

How Will My Smile Look When I Have An Implant-Supported Restoration?

With a life-like dental crown, you can ensure that your smile looks natural, and complete. Because your implant will prevent jawbone resorption, you can avoid having your face develop a “sunken” look, something that can happen when you do not have implant-secured prosthetics.

A Dental Implant Can Protect You Against Jawbone Issues That Occur After Tooth Loss

The loss of jawbone density is one of many problems you encounter when you suffer tooth loss. By receiving a dental implant to support a prosthetic, you can avoid experiencing this issue. An implant will also help by limiting movement of neighboring teeth, and providing the support you need to ensure your restoration adds functional support, in addition to improving your smile. At Advanced Dental Concepts, Dr. Gregory Okoniewski and our dedicated team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. To learn more about receiving a dental implant, or to schedule an appointment or initial consultation for any other dental issue, call Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.