Denture Wearers — Dental Implants are an Option!

Bone loss is a common consequence of lost teeth, when left unreplaced. Jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. When jawbone is removed through tooth loss, the bone reabsorbs into the body. After a tooth extraction, 25% of bone is lost in year one alone. Replacing teeth with full or partial dentures does not solve the problem, as dentures exert a small amount of chewing pressure on the bone compared to natural teeth. In fact, dentures can accelerate bone loss by wearing away the ridges of bone they are placed on. With every bite or clench of the teeth pressure is placed on the ridge, resulting in its resorption.

Gum Disease Concerns and Dental Implants?

Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, is a serious condition that affects gums and is a leading reason for tooth loss in the United States. With this disease, gums become inflamed resulting in a reddish appearance. The inflammation, known as gingivitis, can turn into periodontal disease with bacteria attacking the healthy tissue in your gums and jawbone without treatment.


The statistics of people dealing with complete toothlessness in one arch, or both, are staggering.  The medical term for toothlessness is edentulism. According to the American College of Prosthodontists 23 million are completely edentulous, while an additional 12 million are missing all the teeth in just one of their arches, defined as partial edentulism.  While this may seem like a preventable condition, most dealing with tooth loss are doing so due to injury, illness, or simply everyday wear, and not mere neglect.


According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. While the aesthetics of a missing tooth can be bothersome, the oral health issues caused are more concerning.  When missing a tooth, problems with gum recession and bone loss are common. Without the root structure in place, the bone and gum tissue simply recede, which can result in problems with tooth alignment for the adjacent teeth.

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