Your jawbone supports your teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. But what you may not realize is that a healthy jaw bone is also crucial for your overall health.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the jawbone and how dental implants can help preserve your jawbone health. Let’s get into it!
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, made of biocompatible materials such as titanium or zirconia, that are fused with the jawbone to create a stable and durable foundation for replacement teeth.
The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone and left to integrate with the bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. Once the implant has fully fused with the jawbone, a custom-made crown, bridge or denture can be attached to the implant, restoring the natural function and appearance of the missing teeth.
Now that we know what dental implants are, let’s look at how they protect the jawbone.
When a tooth is lost or removed, the bone that supported it begins to deteriorate. This is because the bone is no longer being stimulated by the tooth and the pressure of chewing. Over time, the bone can shrink and change shape, leading to facial collapse and other problems. This can affect the fit of dentures and make it difficult to eat and speak.
Dental implants protect jaw bone health by replacing the missing tooth root and stimulating the bone. This helps maintain bone density and prevents bone loss. Implants also provide a stable base for the replacement tooth, which helps distribute the pressure of chewing evenly across the jawbone. This prevents excessive pressure on any one area, which can lead to bone resorption.
Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement as they offer several advantages over other options. Unlike dentures and bridges, which sit on top of the gum and can cause discomfort and bone loss, implants are anchored in the jawbone and provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
Implants are also more natural-looking and comfortable than other options. Because they are custom-made to match your natural teeth, they blend in seamlessly with your smile. They also function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat and speak with confidence.
In addition, dental implants are long-lasting and durable. With proper care, they can last a lifetime, making them a cost-effective option in the long term.
At Sutter Dental Collective, our San Francisco dentists use advanced diagnostic tools and imaging techniques to ensure the most accurate placement of the implant, reducing the risk of complications and ensuring a successful outcome. Plus, our team, led by Dr. Stein, has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to perform the procedure with precision and care.
So why wait? Schedule a dental implant consultation with us today! Call us at (415) 781-4725 to book your appointment.