Today’s message focuses on missing teeth and bone health. Our teeth have many important 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 missing teeth can shrink and alter the shape of your face. However, you shouldn’t panic, because with cosmetic dentistry in Alaska, we can save your smile.
Breaking Down Bone Metabolism
We sometimes think of our bones 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 continually 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 may begin to look older because of the bone recession in their face. This process can sometimes pose serious health risks. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile. With cosmetic dentistry in Alaska, dentists can prevent this process from happening by replacing the missing teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Alaska Can Prevent Bone Recession
Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing normal functionality. For patients missing many 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.
If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Tooth implants can provide you with a beautiful smile! Schedule a consultation today by calling us or visiting our contact page.
Contact Alaska Premier Dental Group:
Phone Number: 907-290-5452