In this post from Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro, we consider jaw bone health.
To remain strong the jaw bone needs to be consistently stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.
In some cases, though, tooth extraction is the only possible treatment. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the root structure begins to recede.
Fortunately, dental implants provide a solution. Implants are an artificial root that helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. Usually made from titanium, the implant eventually fuses with the surrounding bone.
After the healing, a piece called an abutment is placed on top of the implant. An replacement tooth is attached to the abutment. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.
Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, and are available at Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro. We have placed them in patients from Henderson, Tell City IN, and Hartford, and they are among our restorative dentistry options. Call to schedule an appointment today!