After replacing one or more lost teeth with a conventional dental bridge or denture, it can be easy to feel as though the problem of your tooth loss is resolved. While it mostly is and your restoration can help you regain much of your bite’s function, there are some consequences that it can’t address, and that you might not realize until long after you’ve experienced tooth loss. One of these consequences can include the weakening of your jawbone structure, which results from the loss of your teeth roots and the stimulation they used to provide your jawbone.
The connection between your teeth and jawbone
Every part of your oral health is interconnected to some degree, but the connection between your teeth and your jawbone is more direct than others. The roots of your teeth rest within sockets in your jawbone, which hold your teeth steady by their roots along with strong, resilient periodontal tissues and ligaments. When you bite and chew, the stimulation in the tooth’s root helps ensure a healthy flow of minerals and nutrients to your jawbone structure. This makes your teeth roots especially important to the integrity of your oral health and jawbone structure as well as the stability of your teeth.
The continuing impacts of losing teeth roots
Without the stimulation of all of your teeth roots, your jawbone doesn’t receive as many minerals and nutrients as it used to. Your body responds this way out of a need for efficiency. Without a tooth present to support, the minerals and nutrients meant for that tooth are sent to other parts of your body that need them. A conventional dental restoration can’t reestablish this stimulation because it doesn’t possess a root-like structure to support it. Therefore, you may continue to experience a loss of mass and density in your jawbone even after receiving a traditional restoration to replace your lost teeth.
How to prevent or address jawbone erosion
The only way to address the impacts of losing teeth roots is to replace them, which is the unique ability of modern dental implants. Made from biocompatible titanium, which your jawbone structure bonds to as it heals, dental implants can effectively replace your lost teeth roots and support your restoration in a similar manner. This includes providing stimulation to your jawbone structure whenever you bite and chew with your restoration and helping you preventing any further weakening of your supportive jawbone structure.
Learn how to keep your jawbone strong after tooth loss
Losing one or more teeth roots can have a diminishing impact on your jawbone’s health and integrity. Fortunately, you can lessen or eliminate this impact with the help of dental implants. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.