If you are missing one or more teeth and have begun seeking teeth replacement options, you know several options are available to you. Dentures, bridges, and implants are all viable options, but these options all offer unique benefits. Dental implants, in particular, provide benefits that the other options cannot. If you are in the San Jose, California area and are looking to learn more about dental implants, you should reach out to Dr. Natalie K. Provenzano and her associates, Dr. Saumya Ram and Dr. Or Simel.
One particular benefit a dental implant offers that other tooth replacement options cannot is its ability to help preserve your jawbone. When a tooth is lost, bone resorption is a common side effect due to losing the tooth’s root. Let us look at the link between the health of your jaw and a tooth’s root.
The health of your jawbone and teeth are intrinsically linked. Your jaw depends on healthy teeth to stay strong. Why is this? When you chew, bite, or smile, the pressure you put on your teeth is transmitted to the jawbone. This pressure helps stimulate the bone tissue, keeping it healthy. When you lose a tooth (or teeth), this stimulation is no longer present, and bone resorption occurs. Because the jaw is no longer receiving this stimulation, its mass will start to disappear. Over time, your jaw will weaken, and your facial structure will change.
When you receive a dental implant, it is surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implant effectively replicates the function that a natural tooth’s root would have played. When the implant is placed, a process called osseointegration occurs. It is during this process that the implant physically fuses to the jawbone. Once this is completed, you will receive your artificial tooth (which is attached to the implant). The pressure and stimulation on your jaw once received from your natural tooth, will now be replicated by the implant. The health and integrity of your jaw will remain in excellent condition!
Dr. Natalie Provenzano
Dr. Saumya Ram
Dr. Or Simel