In this post from Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry, we review jaw bone health and dental implants.
To remain healthy and dense, your jaw bone needs to be consistently stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.
In some cases, tooth extraction is the only possible dental service for people with tooth damage beyond repair. However, we make every effort to preserve the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the original root structure begins to recede.
Fortunately, dental implants provide a new, artificial root which helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant is a titanium post which replaces the natural root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.
After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and fused with it, a post is placed into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.
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