In order to remain healthy, our bones need regular use. In a balanced, properly-functioning mouth, regular use of the teeth stimulates the underlying jawbone, keeping it strong. When teeth are missing, however, the jawbone no longer receives this vital stimulation. As the usual cycle of breaking down and replenishing your bone continues, bone in the area of the missing teeth is not replaced. This often results in a slow yet steady collapse of facial contour and a negative impact on the remaining natural teeth. In extreme cases this bone loss can lead to problems with speaking and eating.
Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place dental implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.