Missing Teeth and Bone Loss

Missing teeth does not only result to the loss of natural teeth; when left untreated for a long period of time, missing teeth can cause bone loss problems as well. The loss of natural tooth roots causes the jaw bone to experience deterioration with the passage of time, and this deterioration can cause significant changes in the way the whole face looks like; this bone deterioration can also lead to negative changes on the way removable dental restorations fit inside the mouth.

Denture Use and Bone Loss
Dentures offer solutions to missing teeth problems; these removable dental appliances quickly replace the form and function of natural teeth that have been lost due to a variety of reasons. However, dentures do not address the issue of bone loss as a consequence of tooth loss. Dentures do not replace the tooth roots of teeth that have gone missing, and as a result – bone deterioration occurs. When the jaw bone structure starts to deteriorate, the once comfortably-fitting dentures will then start to become loose and ill-fitting; the loose dentures will in turn start causing discomfort, pain, and embarrassment for the denture wearer.

As dentures do not address the issue of bone loss as a consequence of tooth loss, dental implants are considered to be more ideal when it comes to providing long-lasting and comprehensive missing teeth solutions. The dental implants are designed to replace both the form and the function of not only the missing teeth, but the tooth roots as well. Bone deterioration is prevented since the implants act as replacements for the tooth roots, which have been taken away along with the missing teeth.

Bone Grafting to Support Dental Implants
Dental implants are placed into the jaw bone to replace teeth that have gone missing. In most cases, sufficient jaw bone structure is needed to provide firm support for the placement of the implants; however, in situations when there is significant bone loss but implants are needed, bone grafting can be done to improve the jaw bone structure to prepare for the dental implants procedure.

A bone grafting procedure is used to add bone mass to an area of the jaw bone where the dental implants will be placed; a bone graft is especially needed when the jaw bone has deteriorated, or has experienced resorption, resulting to thinner jaw bone ridges. The jaw bone mass augmentation will make it possible for the implants to successfully be placed, since the jaw bone will then have sufficient structure to provide a firm support where the implants will be embedded to.