After a few years, when too much bone density is lost, the entire physiology of the face can change, making the cheeks look “dropped in”. Besides these problems, bone loss also affects negatively the way dentures can be fit into the mouth.
Bone loss and dentures
Patients who struggle with missing teeth can definitely take advantage of the benefits offered by dentures. The dentures will support nicely the entire arc in the mouth, and will not allow the cheeks to suffer deformities due to bone density loss.
However, it is important to keep in mind that dentures will not actually help restoring good health in the gumline, where the natural tooth root is already missing. Dentures only offer some support and a good function so that you can eat and speak normally.
If you already have dentures, and the bone density is in its deteriorating process, the dentures might easily become ill fitting. They will feel loose, and the patient can even experience pain and discomfort as the natural shape of the entire gumline and jaw line is changing.
The ideal solution for cases of bone loss is represented by the dental implants. The dental implants will not only replace the teeth like the dentures do, but they will also help replacing the function and the form of the entire dental arc, and of the tooth roots as well.
When you get dental implants, jaw bone deterioration is stopped successfully, as the implants do provide a “dental root” as well (the titanium insert will take place of the natural tooth root).
Dental implants support through bone grafting
The dental implants are fitted right into the jawbone, because only this way will they be able to replace functionally and aesthetically the tooth.
When the patient struggles with bone loss, bone grafting might be needed in order to help supporting the implants well. Through grafting, the structure of the jaw bone is improved, and the implants can be fitted successfully.
The dentist will usually add extra bone mass to the area where there is a lack of bone within the jaw. Bone jaw can weaken over time, and resorption can occur if a patient does not get dental implants for several years after the tooth has been lost.
Make sure to discuss with your dentist the best possible treatment plan if you struggle with missing teeth. As already noted, dentures are good, but they do not provide sufficient support if you already struggle with massive bone loss.