Los Angeles dental implants expert, Dr. Bijan Afar, warns that there are serious consequences associated with tooth loss. Nearly 5 percent of American adults under 64 have lost all their teeth, and about a third of retired adults are missing at least one arch. Most adults over 35 have lost at least one tooth.
Dental health can be adversely affected by tooth loss. Each tooth stimulates the jawbone, so when a tooth is lost, the jawbone can atrophy much in the same way a muscle that is no longer used atrophies. The bone can lose density and strength, and its shape alters to accommodate the new gap. One long-term study revealed that the longer teeth are missing, the more bone loss occurs. When all teeth are lost, a two inch jawbone can deteriorate to less than one-fourth of an inch. Bone grafts can help restore the lost bone, however dental implants can help preserve critical bone density and keep jaws strong and healthy, according to Dr. Afar, Los Angeles dental implants expert.