A new study by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine concluded that women who were diagnosed with osteoporosis and have dental implants may experience an improved quality of life.
Two hundred thirty-seven individuals took part in the study. These people consisted of those who are missing teeth but have either chosen dental implants to replace their missing teeth versus those who have not. The study also examined the participants’ individual life factors like occupation, physical, emotional, and sexual health, and overall quality of life. The study established that dental implants directly correlated with a positive impact on a woman’s quality of life compared to those who chose to use removable dentures, partial restorations, or no dental restoration at all.
It really is no secret that throughout the years, dental implants have become the most popular option compared to removable dentures or partial restorations. This trend is due to their durability, accessibility, and overall long-term security.
With many types of dental implants, you are bound to find a treatment plan that suits you. The mechanics include a small, screw-like titanium post, which is introduced into the jaw bone. This screw is the implant, and it will incorporate itself within the natural bone over several weeks. The next piece is the abutment, which is anchored onto the implant screw. The abutment secures the crown to the implant, which is a porcelain, custom restoration that closely resembles a natural tooth. Dental implants are fixed in place so patients overwhelmingly prefer their stability and security over removable dentures or bridges.
Osteoporosis is a relatively common medical condition, especially in women, and it causes a loss of bone density that makes patients prone to fractures or breaks. Osteoporosis arises from a variety of natural factors like aging or hormonal changes, but some patients also experience a deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Osteoporosis is much more prevalent in women than in men because estrogen loss during menopause can also contribute to the development of osteoporosis in women.
Osteoporosis can cause bone loss in the jaw, so it has repercussions for oral health; a weakened or degraded jaw bone can result in poor-fitting dentures or the need for a bone graft procedure. Additionally, you will not be able to receive dental implants if you do not have enough healthy bone present in your jaw.
Dental implants are a resoundingly popular option, but it is recommended that preventative measures are always best. Maintaining routine oral hygiene and general health are your best bets to avoid osteoporosis. If you are interested in dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today for an appointment.