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Missing teeth lead to a host of unwanted problems that go beyond the unattractive gaps within your smile. In fact, some of the biggest setbacks from a missing permanent tooth is what goes on beneath the gum line. A lost tooth also means a lost tooth root.

How Does Bone Loss Occur After Missing Teeth

We need the roots of our teeth to stimulate our jawbone when we chew or bite down. Just like other bones in your body, the jawbone will atrophy or shrink without consistent stimulation. Overtime, this can impact the density and shape of your jaw, which in turn influences your facial appearance. Patients with missing teeth may experience a collapse or hallowed-look in the lower part of their face, making them look much older than they really are. This is commonly referred to as premature facial aging.

Avoiding Bone Loss

There is more than one way to replace a missing tooth. However, dental implants are the only method that will prevent bone loss. Dental implants have the unique ability to replace the tooth root as well as the tooth. A titanium screw (implant) is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Over time, the implant fuses to the surrounding bone and acts as a prosthetic tooth root that will hold a crown, denture or bridge on top. In this way, your jawbone can be naturally stimulated like it would with your real teeth.

What if Bone Loss Has Already Occurred?

Many patients come to us for dental implants after bone loss has already occurred within their jaw. This can be from severe periodontal disease or simply from the progressive bone loss that has occurred since their teeth went missing. Regardless of the reason, bone loss needs to be reversed in order to qualify for dental implants. If the jaw bone does not have enough density or height to secure the titanium screw, the implant will fail.

Fortunately, bone grafting can be performed to rebuild the jaw bone enough to support a dental implant. At Peninsula Dentistry, we proudly offer dental implants as well as Advanced Bone Grafting techniques. Call our Charleston dental clinic today to learn more.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481
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Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany…

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Dr. Caitlin McPherson

Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an…

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Dr. Luke E. Severance

Dr. Luke E. Severance

Dr. Luke E. Severance believes dentistry goes far beyond just treating teeth – it’s about building lasting relationships and making a genuine difference in the lives of his patients. Dr. Severance was raised in Florence, South Carolina and graduated with summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina. He went on to receive his…

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Phone: (843) 507-5481
FAX: (843) 577-4653

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