One of the most commonly overlooked functions of healthy teeth is their effect on the jawbone. A full, strong set of healthy teeth preserve and protect the underlying jawbone. Tooth loss, whether from age or trauma, exposes the underlying bone, ultimately leading to erosion, and deterioration of your overall oral health.
While bridges and dentures “fill in” the missing teeth, they do nothing to address the underlying concern of jawbone exposure, resulting in the continued loss of bone and, quite often, atrophy of the facial bones.. Dental implants, on the other hand, fuse with the bone, providing additional stability, stimulation, and protection, just as a natural tooth would. In addition, dental implants are anchored to the jawbone directly, and do not rely on the surrounding teeth for support.
If you are experiencing bone loss due to missing or deteriorating teeth, dental implants can help restore the lost bone, protect against atrophy and additional damage, and restore sunken facial features, all while providing you with a beautiful, healthy smile.