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If you’re thinking about getting dental implants in Clearwater, one of the things you may have heard is that dental implants help strengthen, protect, and preserve your jaw bone. That’s true! And it’s one of the biggest benefits of choosing implants over an alternative like a dental bridge or a set of partial dentures. But how do dental implants strengthen your jaw bone health? In this blog from Beyond Dentistry Clearwater, we’ll explain the basics about dental implants, how they interact with your jaw bone, and why they’re better at preserving your oral health, compared to other types of tooth restorations.
Close Up of Mouth With Jaw Bone Exposed to Dental Implant Screw

After Tooth Loss, Your Jaw Bone Is No Longer Stimulated By Biting And Chewing

The bone in your jaw is like any other type of bone in your body. The bones in your leg, for example, stay strong because you walk on them every day. This stimulates them, and promotes the regeneration of bone tissue. If you were to stop walking and stay in bed for a year, your leg bones would become significantly weaker.

The same is true of your jaw bone. But instead of walking, as in the above example, the jaw bone is stimulated by the pressure of your teeth. When you bite, chew, smile, or clench your teeth, the roots of your teeth stimulate the jaw bone. This stimulates it and keeps it from weakening over time.

But once you lose one or more teeth, this force is no longer stimulating your jaw bone. Over time, this means that the underlying bone will become weaker. This is called “bone resorption,” and is very common after you’ve lost some of your teeth. Over time, the jaw bone will become weaker and less dense in the areas where you’ve lost your teeth, since it’s not being stimulated by your teeth.

Dental Implants Act As Artificial Tooth Roots, Stimulating And Preserving The Jaw Bone

So, where do dental implants come into the picture? As you may already know, dental implants are small pieces of titanium that are meant to act as artificial tooth roots. Dr. Hiba Alqasemi or Dr. Ziad Adham will place the implant into your gums and jaw bone, right where your missing tooth used to be. Over time, the titanium implant heals and permanently bonds with the jaw bone, in a process known as “osseointegration.” This stabilizes the implant. Once it’s fully healed, the implant holds a dental crown or another type of dental restoration in place. Once your new tooth is in place, the dental implant transmits the force and pressure of biting, chewing, and smiling into your jaw bone, just like a natural tooth root would have. This stimulation strengthens and preserves the bone tissue, preventing it from weakening over time. So just like a real tooth, a dental implant helps keep your jaw bone healthy. This is not the case with other types of tooth restoration, like dental bridges or partial dentures. These don’t actually attach to the underlying jaw bone, So, while they will restore your tooth and allow you to bite and chew normally, dentures and dental bridges don’t prevent bone resorption after tooth loss.


At Beyond Dentistry Clearwater, Dr. Alqasemi and Dr. Adham specialize in restorative dentistry, including dental implants. If you’ve lost one or more of your natural teeth and you’d like to explore your options for replacing them, our team is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (727) 877-1381 to schedule a consultation in Clearwater, and find out if dental implants are right for you.

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