Once a patient loses a tooth, 25% of the bone will also be lost within the first year.
After the first year, bone loss continues to progress throughout the jawbone, causing a variety of problems, such as loosening of the remaining teeth, sagging of the jowls, and an expanded sinus cavity. Unfortunately, the loss of one tooth can have a snowball effect — where the snowball is more and more issues arising from bone loss.
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry recommends dental implants as a solution for preventing further bone and tooth loss. You can read their statement here.
When it comes to restoring a smile, dental implants are a popular choice. Dentists and patients alike love the permanence of the titanium post, and how it mimics the root of a natural tooth. During dental implant surgery, the dental post is inserted into the gum and placed near the jawbone. Then, through a process called osseointegration, the post fuses to the jawbone — offering support, and preventing further bone loss.
When patients are missing teeth, implants are usually the best option for dental restoration. Not only does it help prevent further tooth loss and issues with bone loss, dental implants are largely considered a permanent solution. They can replace natural teeth in almost every way.
That’s why many dentists are turning to dental implants, including Dr. Kiwon Lee at Bear Brook Dental Care.
At Bear Brook Dental Care, dental implants are considered a blend of art and science. Dr. Lee uses advanced technology and comprehensive exams to determine the best course of action for both new dental implants and implant restorations.
With a central focus on restorative and cosmetic dentistry, Bear Brook Dental Care is committed to providing excellent service to their patients. And while many people have a common fear of the dentist, one only needs to read the 300+ 5-star reviews of Bear Brook Dental Care’s practice to feel secure in their choice of dentist.
One patient described the Montvale, New Jersey office as “hands down, the best dental experience I’ve ever had.” Another patient said, “Bear Brook Dental Care exceeded my expectations in every way possible… This practice gets top stars and comes with the highest recommendation!” Yet another patient left a review, telling readers, “If you are anything like our family, who is very picky with our dental provider, then take my word for it — Bear Brook Dental Care is for you.”
If you’re concerned that you may have bone loss, or that one missing tooth will lead to more oral health issues, you can learn more about implant dentistry and restorations here.
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