Dental Implants as a Way of Preventing Bone Loss

Based in San Diego, California, Azadeh “Amy” Khajavi, DMD, has more than two decades of experience as a dentist and is familiar with TMJ and neuromuscular issues. Dr. Azadeh Khajavi focuses her practice on cosmetic issues and offers patients state-of-the-art implant dentistry. She emphasizes the importance of implants as a means of preserving oral health, cautioning “if the tooth goes, the bone will follow.”

In order to maintain optimal density and form, bone requires stimulation. The alveolar bone in the jaw receives that stimulation from the teeth. Hence, losing a tooth also causes bone loss, with a 25 percent bone width decrease being typical within 12 months. In addition, bone height decreases over the next several years after tooth loss.

Dental implants not only replace teeth in an aesthetically pleasing way, they also provide an anchor to the bone. Implants help preserve the long-term viability of the jawbone and prevent more aggressive treatments, such as surgical regeneration of bone tissue, from becoming necessary.