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Bone Loss After Tooth Loss — Can Dentures Prevent It?

September 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — nawrockidmdteam @ 4:17 pm
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Denture in Orange Park have helped generations of patients to regain confidence in their smiles. Not only do they look good, but they also restore the ability to eat most foods, and they are easy to care for. Despite their benefits, however, they do come with some significant downsides. One of those is their inability to prevent the bone loss in the jaw that occurs after tooth loss. Let’s discuss why that bone loss happens and what you can do to stop it.

Why Does Bone Loss in the Jaw Occur?

Tooth roots are anchored in the jawbone. They stimulate the surrounding bone and help to keep it strong and whole. When one or more teeth go missing, the bone loses the stimulus it needs to maintain its volume and shape. Therefore, the body begins to resorb the bone, recycling its raw materials for other purposes.

The resorption begins shortly after a tooth goes missing. In fact, according to research published in the Indian Journal of Dentistry, as much as 25 percent of the bone near a missing tooth may be lost in the first year after an extraction.

Dentures and Bone Loss

Traditional dentures consist of a gum-colored base that supports a row of artificial teeth. Natural suction or a mild adhesive helps a denture to stay in place during eating and speaking. While a denture can restore a degree of dental function and offer beautiful aesthetics, they do nothing to replace the roots of teeth. Therefore, they do not provide the jawbone with the stimulus it needs and are powerless to stop bone resorption. Some research even indicates that dentures may actually accelerate the bone deterioration process.

Preserving Your Jawbone with Dental Implants

While the above information may seem to paint a grim picture, there is hope for your jawbone! Talk to your dentist about dental implants in Orange Park. Dental implants are small posts, usually made out of a titanium alloy, that act as substitute tooth roots. They can therefore stimulate the jawbone and prevent it from deteriorating. Just a few dental implants can serve as the support for an entire arch of prosthetic teeth.

In addition to providing significant bone health benefits, implant-supported dentures offer other advantages over their traditional counterparts:

  • They are extremely sturdy. They do not slip in the mouth during eating and speaking.
  • They provide an incredibly strong bite force. They can enable you to eat virtually any food without taking special precautions.
  • They are long-lasting. Traditional dentures may last for just 5 – 8 years, but implant-supported ones have the potential to last for decades.

Tooth loss doesn’t have to ruin your jaw health. Dental implants can help your bone to stay strong, healthy, and whole!

About the Author

Dr. Matthew Nawrocki is a general dentist and prosthodontist in the Orange Park area. After obtaining his DMD from University of Florida College of Dentistry, he went on to complete years of additional training in dental prosthetics. He is proud to provide start-to-finish dental implant care as well as traditional dentures. To learn more about Dr. Nawrocki and his services, contact our team at 904-272-1588.

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