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Can Dental Implants Stop Bone Loss?

Tooth loss is one of the most harrowing consequences of aging. However, a lot of people don't consider the other indirect consequences of tooth loss, which is bone loss. People can damage their jaws as they lose their teeth. Fortunately, you can prevent some of these problems by getting dental implants. Implants will give you the opportunity to strengthen your jawbones well into your old age.

Bone Density and Bone Use

You know that it is important for you to do exercise for the sake of strengthening your muscles and bones. This is because you cause your bones to become denser and stronger as they respond to pressures and repair themselves.

You need to exercise your jaw muscles and bones as well. Chewing foods up well is one method of exercise. In fact, one study showed that chewing gum could increase bone density. Having implants will allow you to chew your foods properly and get the exercise and structural form your mouth needs.

The Degradation of the Jaw

Older people often seem to have weak chins and mouths that look oddly deflated. This is partly a visual effect of their loose skin, but it is also an effect of being toothless and losing the bone density in their jaws. According to livestrong.com, these cosmetic issues can be improved with jaw and tongue exercises.

However, these changes are not purely cosmetic issues. The degradation of a jaw can leave people vulnerable to severe pain and infections as the shape of the jaw changes--often becoming painfully askew in the process.

Jaw Maintenance

Dental implants are going to be better than traditional dentures when it comes to jaw maintenance, largely because dentures do not easily maintain a stable position. Dental implants are able to substitute for a person's natural teeth much more effectively than dentures since they don't need to be removed. They also have the effect of appearing to be much more natural than dentures, which is a cosmetic benefit.

The Best Time to Get Dental Implants

Once you start getting more root canals, losing your teeth, or removing teeth, you should consult with a dentist, like Bradley T Piotrowski DDS MSD LLC, about your options with dental implants. These implants help to stimulate your bone, just as your own teeth did. The longer you wait, the more your jawline can change for the worse. Dental implants really can make all the difference when it comes to the fight against aging.