Do you have one or more missing teeth? You may be considering traditional dentures or bridgework as replacements. However, before you make your final decision, here are some little-known facts about potential bone loss:

Why Bone Loss Happens After Losing a Tooth

When you lose a tooth or have one extracted, the spot where it once was is no longer occupied. This leaves the bone with no stimulation to tell the body it is needed. As a result, the bone begins to reabsorb into the body, causing a sunken-in look at the site of the missing tooth.

Over time, the bone loss starts to spread and can lead to other health problems, including gum disease, gum recession and further tooth and bone loss. The only way to avoid this long-term issue is to get a permanent replacement for the missing tooth or teeth.

Dental Implants as Solutions for Missing Teeth

Dental implants is one of the safest, most advanced ways to get all the benefits of a denture or bridgework without suffering loss of bone density.

A dental implant is constructed of three parts. The first is a post that’s surgically implanted into bone. It goes into the tooth socket, where it effectively massages the bone and supports new bone development and growth. A piece called an abutment then attaches the post to a natural-looking dental crown above the gum line.

When properly placed, a dental implant can last 20 years or longer, and becomes an ideal surrogate for the natural tooth that was lost or removed.

Should You Give Up Your Bridgework or Dentures?

If you already have bridgework or dentures in Pittsburgh, PA, you don’t necessarily have to give them up. However, if bone loss is something that concerns you, it’s wise to make an appointment with Dr. Stypula. Our team will help you find out if dental implants are a better solution for your unique situation.