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How Dental Implants Stop Gum Resorption
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center
Resorption can happen to a lot different parts of the tooth and the mouth. It can affect enamel, the root, dentin, pulp and even the gums. When a patient has a tooth extracted either because it has decayed too far to be saved or from a traumatic injury, resorption can occur. When gum resorption occurs, it draws away from the tooth leaving it vulnerable to infection. Because the empty space along the gumline does not have consistent pressure on the underlying bone and gum tissue these can both resorb creating even more problems for the surrounding teeth.
Causes of Gum Resorption
There are a number of reasons gum resorption can occur. If the patient had an extended period of time using orthodontic solutions such as braces or has overused teeth bleaching options or grinds their teeth can all lend themselves to gum resorption. So can trauma to the tooth. Whether the trauma is recent or in the past, it can result in gum resorption.
Gum Resorption and Dental Implants
One way to combat resorption is to fill the space with an artificial tooth so there can be pressure applied to keep the bone and gum tissue strong and resilient. By filling the space with a dental implant, patients have a multitude of options for treatment by keeping the bone structure strong.
Because dental implants are secured to the bone structure, they are permanent placements in the mouth, providing a strong foundation for numerous dental appliances which can take the place of the missing tooth. By being fixed to the bone, the implants will not move like traditional dentures and they will feel like real teeth allowing the patient to continue to eat their normal diet. Those patients needing information about dental implants and gum resorption are welcome to contact us with questions.