The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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This messagefrom The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston focuses on missing teeth, bone health, and dental implants.

Our teeth have many critical functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is consistently regenerating itself. This vital process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have a gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success.

To find out whether you’re a candidate for a dental implant, please call us at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We offer a wide range of general dentistry services. Call today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Houston Jaw Bone DeteriorationIn this post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we review jaw bone health, and the benefits of dental implants.

To remain healthy and dense, your jaw bone needs to be constantly 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 treatment for someone with tooth damage. However, we make every effort to retain the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the previous 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 tough titanium post that replaces the original root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

After the implant has been placed and fused with surrounding bone, 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.

Dental implants have transformed the lives of countless people. Please call us to find out whether they’re right for your. We also offer general dentistry, and many othe services. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8026

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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