Bone Loss

Without a tooth, the bone will begin to disappear

If you have missing teeth, did you know that you are losing bone?

Losing one or more of your teeth starts a chain of events that can have dire physical and cosmetic changes. The most obvious result is a gap in your smile. Less obvious is the loss of chewing function and the inability to eat a complete diet that can result from it. While these are certainly serious issues, a potentially bigger problem lies hidden beneath the surface: Bone loss.

Without the tooth to stimulate the jaw, the bone beneath it will begin to disappear (atrophy) in the same manner as muscle gets smaller when it is not used, for example, when an arm is in a cast when it is broken, the muscles of your arm will get smaller. Since your facial bone supports the skin and muscles on top of it, losing bone volume can cause your face to look prematurely aged. The good news is that dental implants offer a solution to stop bone loss.

 

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