HOW DENTAL IMPLANTS STRENGTHEN
JAW BONE HEALTH
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.