5. Dental Implants Preserve Bone Mass
The bone in our jaw works incredibly hard. Although it continually takes a beating, it can regenerate itself using stem cells. This happens when teeth continually stimulate the jaw bone, causing the healing process to begin. However, when we lose teeth, that stimulation disappears, and the jawbone slowly loses mass. If this goes on long enough, it can create a sunken look in the cheeks and weaken the surrounding teeth.
Dental implants consist of two main components, the titanium implant and the crown. First, the titanium implant is inserted into the jaw bone and allowed to heal. Through a process known as osseointegration, the jaw bone and surrounding tissue fuses to the implant and creates a bond that functions in much the same way as a natural tooth root. After that, your Anchorage dentist will connect a restoration, like a dental crown, to the implant.
Due to their similarity to our natural tooth roots, dental implants can stimulate the jaw to heal itself in the same way. This allows you to preserve bone mass easily and protect your other teeth.