Save Bone With Dental Implants

Dental ImplantsWhen it comes to replacing missing teeth in your smile, all options are NOT equal, as far as your oral health is concerned. Dental implants have a clear advantage over traditional dentures or bridges when it comes to avoiding bone loss – a very common and worrisome consequence of removing many or all of the teeth from a patient’s jaw.

A key difference between dentures and dental implants is that implants are anchored to the jaw bone with a retaining screw and connected to a crown by a part known as an abutment. This connection to the jaw means that the jaw continues to have a pressure-bearing load placed upon it when you eat or speak, which is necessary for its proper functioning. Traditional dentures do not place the same type of load on the jaw, and therefore bone loss is inevitable after all natural teeth have been removed.

Bone loss in the jaw has many negative impacts on your mouth and body. Your facial appearance will change over time. The distance from nose to chin decreases and with it, the lower third of the face partially collapses. The chin rotates forward and upward, and the cheeks, having lost tooth support, become hollow. As the bone loss becomes more acute, you can suffer the loss of your remaining teeth, and become vulnerable to periodontal infections.

When a patient gets a dental implant, bone cells attach themselves directly to the titanium surface of the retaining screw, essentially locking the implant into the jaw bone through a process known as osseointegration. Because of this, implants prevent a more than twentyfold decrease in bone loss in the jaw bone and the alveolar bone that can happen with removable dentures. Additionally, with dental implants, patients can experience near normal functioning of the jaw when chewing almost immediately.

“Our jaws were designed to hold teeth, not dentures,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a Phoenix-based cosmetic dentist. “Dental implants more closely mimic the function of natural teeth, and as a result, they are much better at preventing bone loss in your mouth.”


  1. Westly Smith says

    I didn’t know that dental implants could help your jaw bone. I can see how bone loss in the jaw would cause all of those negative impacts on the body. I’m going to show this article to my dad. He was thinking of getting dentures. He might need to switch now!

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