Can a Missing Tooth Lead to Bone Loss?
Missing a tooth? You might think that replacing it is not worth the cost and effort, and that you’ll be just fine with the gap. However, you’re actually putting yourself at risk for bone loss by not addressing the missing tooth.
Yes, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss! When a tooth is missing and you’re left with a gap, that area of the jawbone does not receive the stimulation that the natural tooth provided. Because the activity of bone-remodeling/degrading cells (called osteoclasts) outpaces the activity of bone-building cells (called osteoblasts), your jaw can start to deteriorate as a result.
Preventing Bone Loss with Dental Implants
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