There are many causes of tooth loss including periodontal disease, injury, trauma or decay and sometimes permanent teeth don’t develop where they should, which leaves gaps in your teeth. Some instances of tooth loss require immediate action and replacement such as when you lose a front tooth during a sport or accident. The lost tooth creates a noticeable gap in your smile that you want to be fixed for cosmetic reasons. Other instances of tooth loss, such as losing a back tooth that isn’t obvious, may not seem like an immediate concern, but it’s important to address all types of missing teeth promptly to prevent bone loss. So keep reading as Dupont Dental, the leader in providing the most efficient dental implants Washington DC has to offer.
Consequences of Bone Loss
When you lose a tooth, the alveolar bone that surrounds and supports your tooth atrophies (diminishes) and this leads to bone loss. People who are missing teeth and who have worn conventional dentures for years can have a sunken appearance around their mouths due to the loss of supporting teeth and facial bones. Along with losing bone when you lose a tooth, the remaining teeth in your mouth can shift resulting in jaw pain and bite problems. Loss of bone from one or more lost teeth can have detrimental cosmetic and physical consequences, even if the location isn’t in a prominent area of your smile. Fortunately, this type of bone loss is preventable with modern dental implants for tooth replacement.
Dupont’s Dental Implants Washington DC – How They Prevent Bone Loss
Tooth loss doesn’t have to lead to a bone loss when you treat the lost tooth promptly and efficiently. With advances in dental implant technology, your smile receives restoration whether you’ve lost a single tooth or many teeth. With the implant in place of the lost tooth, you’re less likely to suffer bone loss, and you maintain the facial structure. Today’s dental implants have a success rate of over 95%, have the strength of natural teeth, require regular oral hygiene for maintenance and can last a lifetime with proper care. Dental professionals also use implants to stabilize and anchor bridges or dentures, which improves comfort and function.
The fastest bone loss occurs within the first six months after you lose a tooth, so it’s important to address the issue quickly. Find out more about dental implants, what’s involved and if you’re a good candidate by contacting Dupont Dental today. We can talk about how our implants are the top dental implants Washington DC can provide! Our top priority is helping our patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile and we offer several kinds of dental implants to suit your specific needs.