Bone loss is a common consequence of tooth loss related to chronic gum disease, infection, old age or trauma. In the case of gum disease, the bacteria gradually eat away at the underlying jawbone and at the ligaments that connect the tooth to the bone. The most common cause of bone loss is tooth loss left unreplaced, especially when several teeth have been lost. This is because the strength and density of the jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. When that is removed through tooth loss, the bone gradually deteriorates.
Luckily, jawbone deterioration is a preventable condition and can be permanently treated with dental implants. Unlike other tooth replacement options that sit on the gums, dental implants have the unique ability to attach to the jawbone, create a strong foundation for replacement teeth and encourage the growth of new bone tissue. Dental implants in Northern Ireland are a popular tooth replacement option and are offered by many dental practices, including Blue Sky.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small, screw-shaped posts, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Because titanium is compatible with the human body, they tend to fuse with the tissue around the jawbone and become a part of the mouth. Once healed, they are ready to support replacement teeth such as crowns, dentures or bridges. Dental implants in Northern Ireland are very steady and durable, and look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Preventing Bone Loss
Bone loss can be prevented by restoring stimulus to the jawbone through dental implants. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants can exert the same or similar pressure as natural teeth. Single-tooth dental implants and dental bridges can restore up to 99% of natural bite force, whereas implant-supported dentures provide 70% to 80% of normal biting force.
Patients who have already lost a significant part of their jawbone can still opt for dental implants. This can be done either through a procedure known as bone grafting, where artificial bone is inserted into the jawbone prior to the implant operation, or by opting for implant supported dentures in case they have lost most or all of their teeth.