What is bone resorption?

Although bone is known to be among the strongest tissues in your body, it can also be surprisingly fragile. The jaw bone, in particular, can be easily damaged and the consequences can make your life much more complicated than you might imagine. Simply living with missing teeth can put you at risk for deteriorating bone, both in volume as well as in density.

This problem is especially relevant for adults who wear dentures. Without dense, plentiful bone, there is no foundation to support the denture’s base, and finding a comfortable fit can become overwhelmingly frustrating and annoying. But, what causes the bone to deteriorate? Especially when you’ve worn false teeth for years, why would the bone continue to fade away?

The process is called resorption, and it occurs, to some degree, throughout our lifetimes. Fortunately, when we are young, the bone regenerates much faster than it resorbs. As we age, the balance shifts, and the bone continues to break down although new bone doesn’t regenerate as quickly.

In addition to this natural phenomenon, dental diseases can significantly accelerate the process. Gum disease is often the initial cause of accelerated bone resorption and tooth loss. After many years of tooth loss, the remaining bone will continue to resorb because it lacks the stimulation that would have been provided by the natural teeth. Unfortunately, dentures can restore your ability to chew, but they cannot help to stimulate the bone.

If you have noticed that your jawbone is shrinking and your denture no longer fits, your oral surgeon may be able to address both problems with an All-on-4 denture. Placing four dental implants is an effective and efficient way to stimulate the bone, stop resorption, and add stability to your denture. Plus, it’s a permanent solution that will not deteriorate over the years.

Most All-on-4 denture procedures are able to be completed in a single day and additional bone grafting procedures are rarely required. To fight bone loss and secure your smile, contact either of our oral surgeons at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to learn more about upgrading your dentures with dental implants.