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How Dental Implants Support Jaw Bone Health

People seldom think about the health of their jawbone, until they have no other choice. This part of your body plays an essential role in your life by offering your teeth and facial muscles the support they need. However, tooth loss can make a huge impact on your jawbones, which is why dental implants can help preserve jawbone health.

What Happens to the Jawbone After Tooth Loss?

If you lose an entire tooth, meaning you have the root removed too, this part of the jawbone starts lacking stimulation. Teeth help stimulate the jawbone to restore its cells when you chew, and when this bone is no longer stimulated, the cells begin to die.

This leads to a loss of bone volume and density, which means your jawbone becomes weaker and more prone to damage. These changes can have a visible effect as well, as the less dense jawbone can end up changing your appearance.

How Can Dental Implants Help?

Dental implants don’t just restore the appearance of your smile. The visible part of the tooth (the crown) is attached to a construction that is implanted directly into the jawbone, replacing the missing tooth.

Thanks to this approach, the dental implant can essentially mimic the function of a real tooth. It can stimulate the jawbone every time you chew and prevent issues with bone density or mass loss.

Other ways dental implants can support jaw bone health include:

  • Fixing or preventing issues with your bite, which can strain your jawbones
  • Preventing jaw joints from straining
  • Helping the jaw support muscle features

What If There Is Already Damage to the Jaw?

If your tooth loss is an older occurrence, you might still be able to get dental implants and prevent the damage from worsening.

Dental implants generally require a strong, healthy jawbone for the procedure to be successful and for the base of the implant to stay fixed in place. But, at Pflugerville Family Dentistry we’ve seen many patients who require a bit of jaw bone preparation before the implants can be added.

And this comes in the form of a bone grafting procedure, where our team essentially restores jawbone mass and prepares the area for implanting. The process involves taking a piece of bone from somewhere else in the body, usually from the back of the jaw, then adding it to the affected area. Then, after the area fully heals, you can get a dental implant.

Book an Appointment for Dental Implants in Pflugerville

Wondering if dental implants are right for you? We can help you make the best decision for your oral health!

You can restore the health and appearance of your smile with the quality and expert care from Pflugerville Family Dentistry. Our dental implant services have helped many of our patients regain confidence in their appearance and prevent future jawbone damage down the line.

Contact us now to find out more about our services, or book a dental implant consultation with Dr. Chris Mun today.

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