How Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss

Azadeh Khajavi, DMD, has more than 20 years of experience treating patients through her private dental practice. There, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi offers a range of services but focuses primarily on dental implants. When a patient loses a tooth, the resultant loss in stimulation to the jawbone results in loss of bone size and density. Implants can prevent this bone loss by continuing the stimulation normally provided by teeth.

An implant involves the placement of a metal piece that fuses to the bone and supports a prosthetic tooth. The tooth, or teeth, supported by the implant stimulates the stomato-gnathic system, including muscles, nerves, and jaw joints. This stimulation triggers the bone to regenerate and rebuild, keeping it healthy. A dental implant can replace a single tooth, a series of teeth, or even all of a patient’s teeth.

Dental implants have many benefits over dentures because they are a permanent addition to the body and function just like normal teeth. The process of osseointegration, through which the implant fuses to the bone, further stimulates the jawbone to maintain shape and density.

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