The loss of teeth creates many problems from the dissolving of bone structure to the loss of support for the face; giving the increased appearance of age and wrinkles and damage to the remaining teeth bearing the stress of chewing. Once enough teeth are missing then food choices and nutritional changes begin to cause medical problems and affect your general well being.
Loss of a Single Tooth
Even after the loss of one tooth, the jaw bone irreversibly changes if a dental implant does not replace the tooth.
Without chewing pressure to stimulate the bone, it begins to dissolve immediately after extraction and continues unless an implant is placed. If left long enough, bone grafting is required before any dental implants can be used. The last picture above shows a severe state bone loss.
Loss of all teeth
Below, a healthy jaw is compared to one where all of the teeth have been removed and deterioration of the jaw occurs. The deterioration is described beneath the very last picture in the series.
As the bone shrinks, vital structures (such as the nerve) become exposed. The denture then pushes on this nerve making it painful to wear.
Dental implants are the ultimate solution when teeth are missing. Dental implants integrate into the structure of the bone and prevent bone loss from happening. To find out more call our helpful team on 0208 339 9333 and book a free consultation with Dr Soltani. She will be happy to discuss your concern and give you information on all the available options.