The alveolar process refers to the area of the jawbone providing support to the teeth. Some studies have found a correlation between lost or loose teeth and jawbone disintegration. When this bone starts does not have a tooth to support, it loses its function, and starts to melt away.
From this point on, it will continue to disintegrate and affect many aspects of your life, including your facial appearance, as well as the way you bite/chew, eat, and talk. There are many causes of jawbone deterioration, and the most common include the following:
Whenever you have one of your natural teeth extracted, the alveolar process will no longer receive stimulation, even when you wear dentures or have bridgework done. This is because these appliances only attach to the surface area of the gums, and not connected to the jawbone.
In other words, missing teeth means having a portion of your jawbone no longer having the need to function, since it does not have anything to stimulate it with. As a result, this area melts away and deteriorates.
Tooth loss may also involve tooth extractions, but sometimes, it may happen due to physical trauma (such as extreme blows that knock out the entire tooth), as well as poor oral health that loosens the tooth and ultimately resulting in it falling. They have the same effects to the jawbone as tooth extractions.
Using Only Dentures or Bridges
As mentioned above, dentures and bridges only attach or connect to the area above the gum line, which means they do not stimulate the underlying alveolar bone. As time passes, this lack of stimulation results in the bone to resorb or melt away.
Fortunately, there is one way for you to prevent these things from happening: through the use of dental implants placed by an experienced implantologist in Loughton.