Jawbone loss is a common side-effect of missing teeth. The most common cause of bone deterioration is tooth loss left untreated – especially if you have lost multiple teeth. A health jawbone is preserved through the pressure created by biting and chewing. When jawbone stimulation is lost, the bone deteriorates and this can interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other daily activities.
Luckily, bone loss is easily preventable with dental implants in Harley Street. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants have the ability to fuse with the jawbone, prevent its deterioration and even encouraging the growth of new bone tissue. Dental implants are available in many practices in London, including Harley Street Dental Clinic.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are fixed titanium dental posts that replace lost tooth roots and help preserve the jawbone. Dental implants are surgically placed in the upper or lower jawbone and left to heal for a few weeks. During this process, the titanium posts fuse with the jawbone and create a stable foundation for replacement teeth such as crowns, dentures or bridges.
Dental implants are ideal for patients who have lost one, several or all of their teeth, since they look, feel and function exactly like natural teeth. Most patients can undergo this type of treatment as long as they are healthy and have enough bone density in their jawbone. Patients who have lost a considerable amount of jawbone can take advantage of bone grafting to repair damaged and lost bone around their teeth.
Bone loss occurs in the part of the jawbone that surrounds and supports the tooth. Replacing missing teeth with removable dentures or bridges doesn’t solve the problem as both replacement methods create a very small chewing power compared to natural teeth. People who wear dentures can also experience another consequence of bone loss – the collapse of the lower third of their face. This can lead to premature ageing.
Preventing bone loss with dental implants in Harley Street
Bone loss can be prevented with the restoration of the chewing power. This can only happen with dental implants, since they replace the tooth root and reconnect the jawbone with the replacement tooth.