Child with missing teethWhen people start to lose their teeth, they face a whole host of options from which they have to decide how to go forward in a new way of being. There they are, with actual body parts missing, and they have to decide how to replace them: a bridge, a denture or dental implants in Richmond? Do they go for a seemingly quick and inexpensive option, or do they invest a load of money in something that works better and lasts longer? A decision like this could easily turn out to be one of those that one wishes one could have made with hindsight.

But that’s not how teeth, or to be more precise, jawbones work. People need to appreciate the hidden consequences of losing their teeth before they decide what to choose. No one can know how important a tooth root can be until they no longer have them. They also need to understand that dental implants in Richmond, which are available from experienced dental implant surgeons such as those at Sheen Dental Implants, are the only way to replace a tooth root.

Dissolving bone

When the teeth fall out, for whatever reason, the jawbone in the area around the now-lost root no longer receives the stimulation it requires from a constant stream of tremors from the teeth biting together. This lack of stimulus is not just the loss of a signal to renew the bone, it’s a signal to actively start dissolving the bone, and send the nutrients from it back into the bloodstream so that they can be reused elsewhere. The body is nothing if not efficient.

The jawbone can lose up to quarter of its size and density in only one year after tooth loss, and over time the change visibly shows up as a pointy-chinned, sunken look. It’s not old age, it’s tooth loss.

Dental implants in Richmond avoid this by replacing the roots of the lost teeth and continuing to send the signals to the jawbone that it is still in use. Neither bridges nor dentures replace the tooth roots, so the jawbone will deteriorate unabated.