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The Rate Of Bone Loss After Extraction Can Be Slowed Or Stopped With An Implant

Posted on 4/25/2022 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
The Rate Of Bone Loss After Extraction Can Be Slowed Or Stopped With An ImplantAfter losing a tooth due to extraction, injury, or disease, there is the potential of experiencing bone loss. The bone that surrounds the teeth known as alveolar bone serves to support your teeth. It also provides a firm foundation for the root of a tooth. Normal mouth function keeps the bone healthy. When you chew, this action stimulates bone cells to continuously produce new bone. This way, the alveolar bone remains healthy, strong, and of the desired volume.

Causes of Alveolar Bone Loss

Once you lose your tooth, and you do not replace it, the alveolar bone is at risk. Because there is no tooth, the forces of chewing cannot stimulate the bone within that area. Your bone starts to become narrower and shorter. Bone loss occurs fast, and within the first year of tooth loss, you could lose up to 25 percent of the alveolar bone mass. Since the bone recedes very quickly, the earlier you receive an implant, the better.

Regrettably, traditional dentures cannot prevent bone loss. So, only implant-supported dentures or dental implants are able to stimulate the bone. You should consider receiving dental implants as soon as possible to help prevent further bone loss and regain your bite function. Various implants are available including single tooth implants or multiple tooth implants. You may even get the All-on-4 implants, which utilize fewer implants than the regular implants.

Depending on the number of teeth you need to replace, we can help you determine what implants to use. Again, we will let you know how to care for the implants and your teeth and gums following the installation of these restorations. This way, you will continue to ensure a healthy smile. To understand how implants can prevent, stop, or slow bone loss, talk to us. Our team is happy to help you maintain healthy teeth and gum tissue. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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