If you have researched tooth-replacement methods, you’re probably familiar with many of the benefits of dental implants. In addition to providing a realistic-looking restoration, dental implants also yield highly functional and stable restorations that can help prevent the domino effect (further tooth loss). However, you may not know that dental implants can also encourage a healthy jawbone. Below, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, explains how.
Dental Implants and the Jawbone
Dental implants encourage a healthy jawbone in two ways. The first way is by restoring nutrition to the area of the mouth vacated by the lost tooth. When a tooth’s root leaves the jawbone, the body stops sending nutrients to the area. Unfortunately, nearby teeth and the jawbone sometimes suffer malnutrition as a result. However, the presence of a dental implant’s post in the jawbone prompts the body to restore nutrition, thus working to prevent the domino effect as well as malnutrition in the jawbone.
The second way that dental implants improve bone health in the jaw is by transmitting the forces of chewing and biting into the jawbone. These forces are necessary for the stimulation of bone cells. Without them, bone density can diminish very quickly, which is exactly what happens when a tooth’s root leaves the jawbone. As time passes with the bone cells of the area receiving no stimulation, bone density suffers in the area of the lost tooth. However, when the dental implant is placed into the jawbone, the implant’s post allows the forces of biting and chewing to be transferred to the bone cells once again. Accordingly, the bone cells receive stimulation, and bone density begins to improve.
Dental Implants from Your Des Moines Dentist
Have you lost a tooth? Don’t let tooth loss take its toll on your mouth. Contact your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to discuss how dental implants can replace your missing tooth and restore your mouth. Schedule an appointment by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.