I’ve heard that dental implants can cause bone erosion, but my dentist says it’s the best option. I’m 59 years old and about to have my first tooth extraction. I wonder if I should have a dental bridge instead. What do you think?
Karen D. from Maumelle, AR
Actually, dental implants are what help prevent bone erosion. That is one of the reasons your dentist is saying it is the best option. When a tooth is removed, your body begins reabsorbing the minerals used in the bone to use elsewhere. After a period of time you’ll have no bone left in that area. When an implant is placed, it signals to your body that those minerals are still needed.
I hope that helps clear it up for you.
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