Tooth loss equals bone loss. There may be no easier way to state this fact. To help you understand why and how this happens will require a brief explanation. If you have suffered tooth loss, you will be glad you came across this helpful information.
How bone maintains form, strength and volume
Outside of osteoporosis — which this article does not intend to address — there is a simple rationale for bone loss, and it comes down to this: Most of our skeletal-bone structure requires stimulation to retain its form, strength and volume.
For instance, we give stimulation to the bones in our legs and feet when we walk, jump or exercise. The bones in our arms and shoulders receive stimulation when we open and shut the car door each day, push a grocery cart full of food or lift weights.
Without this stimulation, our bone and muscle structures are weakened and begin to shrink. Bone loss in our facial structure makes us look older. See this short video for a demonstration on how tooth loss affects a person’s appearance.
Why should you expect tooth loss to cause bone loss?
When it comes to your facial structure, the only way for your jawbone to receive its much-needed daily stimulation is through the process of chewing your food.
Beneath your gums, anchored in your jawbone, are the roots of your teeth. When you bite an apple or carrot, or chew on a flavorful steak, the jawbone stimulation is transferred from the top of your teeth down through your tooth roots and into your jawbone.
As long as you have natural teeth, any time you chew your food the jawbone receives the healthy stimulation it requires.
Dental implants strengthen and preserve bone
If you happen to lose a tooth or multiple teeth, the only way to stimulate your jawbone in these areas is by replacing the missing tooth root with an artificial tooth root, also known as a dental implant. Unfortunately, jawbone stimulation cannot be achieved with traditional forms of tooth replacement such as bridgework or dentures.
Since a dental implant is positioned much like a tooth — secured to your jawbone — each time you chew food on a tooth that is attached to a dental implant, your bone receives the stimulation it requires to keep its form, strength and volume.
If you are missing a single tooth, it is highly recommended that you consider replacing it with a dental implant. If you are missing several teeth, it is worth speaking with a TeethXpress provider about the TeethXpress procedure. A no-obligation consultation is usually the best place to start.
Click here to find a Certified TeethXpress Provider near you. Contact their office and schedule a consultation to find out if dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for you!