The bone around tooth roots is a special kind of bone: alveolar bone. It receives stimulation from the roots of the teeth it encloses. Alveolar bone is healthy unless subject to inflammation from periodontal (gum) disease, which cause it to recede, or if the forces of chewing are greater than the capacity of the bone to withstand. The full-mouth series of radiographs above clearly shows some teeth, and some segments of teeth, to have significantly reduced levels of bone. The one universal truth about alveolar bone is that it resorbs (shrinks) when teeth are removed, because the bone loses its stimulation. The best thing about dental implants is that they preserve bone. Placed as soon as possible after tooth loss, the implants stimulate bone in the same way that natural tooth roots used to. This means that possible dental implants should ideally be included in treatment planning before teeth are removed. A CT Scan can be used with dental imaging software to determine the exact location, size and number of implants. By preserving bone, dental implants counteract the results of tooth loss and aging, and help control facial changes. They give you the security of knowing things will stay in place when you eat, talk and smile. They contribute to your comfort, quality of life, and self esteem.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309