This message from Sven Bone Dentistry in Bozeman focuses on missing teeth, bone health, and dental implants.
Our teeth have many vital functions. Chewing food, talking, and smiling are the obvious ones. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to loosen. This, in turn, causes facial muscles to sink in and collapse.
We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, bone tissue is full of small holes, kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulates this process of regeneration. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.
People with missing teeth not only have an unattractive gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging. It is not simply an issue of attractiveness—it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get correct nutrition. Mental health can also be influenced when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are embarrassed by their smile.
Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession
Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For individuals missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with a dental implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.
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