This Study May Surprise You!
Osteoporotic women who have dental implants to replace missing teeth have been shown to experience an enhanced quality of life.
The study by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and published in the International Journal of Dentistry included 237 participants and compared those who are missing teeth but have dental implants versus those who are missing teeth and do not have dental implants. In addition, the study observed their emotional health, sexual health, and current quality of life. It came to the conclusion that dental implants considerably improve a woman’s quality of life compared to those who have not replaced their missing teeth with dental implants but instead choose removable options or partial restorations.
Osteoporosis is a medical condition that occurs when bone is lost or too little bone is regenerated. Osteoporosis, or “porous bone,” causes individuals to be more prone to broken or fractured bones. Osteoporosis occurs due to a number of factors but is more common in women than in men because it’s caused by aging, hormonal changes, or a deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Estrogen loss during menopause is another contributing factor for osteoporosis in women. Osteoporosis has severe effects for oral health, as well; bone loss in the jaw can cause tooth loss and a weakened jaw bone, which will directly affect what kind of dental restoration or procedure you will need.
Dental implants are often favored over every other option, including removable dentures or partial restorations because they are the most natural and secure option. Dental implants include three pieces: the first piece is a small, medical-grade titanium post called the implant, and it is surgically inserted into your jaw bone.
This post incorporates with the jaw bone over a period of several weeks. An abutment is placed into the dental implant to hold the implant to the crown. Then the specially designed crown, which is made of porcelain, is secured to the abutment to complete the dental implant. Dental implants are permanently fixed to the mouth, which is convenient for most patients. There is no need to worry about the problems removable dentures typically cause.
When it comes to restoring your smile, dental implants are a popular option, but taking the steps to prevent osteoporosis and tooth loss is advised. Through maintaining good oral hygiene and general health practices, you have your best chance at a healthy smile and body. If you are interested in dental implants, have questions about your personal oral health, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact OC Oral today for an appointment.