Effects of Bone Loss
Bone loss in your jaw can occur as the result of several different issues. Moreover, when it does, there are some different things that can happen. At Fusion Dental Specialists, we take the health of your mouth very seriously. We take measures to help prevent bone loss in your jaw. If it does occur, we can take action to restore bone mass and the health of your jaw.
What causes bone loss?
There are several different causes of bone loss in your jaw:
Effects of Bone Loss
There are several things that occur to your jawbone as it loses mass. One of the most obvious consequences is loose teeth, or even having teeth fall out. Your teeth are firmly seated in your jaw. When you start to experience bone loss, that grip on the roots of your teeth begins to disappear. Eventually, they loosen and fall out.
Bone loss can lead to a misaligned bite. As you lose bone mass, your teeth begin to shift from their natural positions. You may notice a change in the way your teeth (or event dentures) fit together. Misaligned teeth can then lead to a whole host of other oral health complications, such as uneven wear on the chewing surfaces of your natural teeth and severe jaw pain known as temporomandibular disorder. They can also disrupt your ability to eat properly, which can lead to poor digestion and even malnutrition.
When you lose bone mass in the jaw, it has a serious impact on your appearance as well. Suddenly, you are aged well beyond your years. Bone loss, and subsequently tooth loss, can lead to a collapsed facial profile. Your lips sink in due to lack of support, and you might start to notice wrinkles around your mouth that didn’t use to be there. Even your other facial features, such as your nose and your eyes, can become distorted as well.
Prevention and Treatment of Bone Loss
In many cases, bone loss can be prevented by taking proper care of your mouth. This involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, as well as getting regular cleanings and exams. A healthy diet can go a long way in keeping your mouth (and your whole body in general) in tip top shape. If you have lost a tooth, replacing it as soon as possible with a dental implant is preferable. The implant mimics the root of your tooth and helps to keep the bone healthy.
If you have already suffered bone loss, a bone graft can help to restore it. The procedure involves taking bone mass from elsewhere in your body (or using a bone substitute) and surgically placing it in the areas of weakness in your jaw. As you heal, your jawbone fuses to, or around, the new mass, helping to reform the shape of your jaw and restore its strength.
If you have noticed any signs of bone loss in your jaw, don’t ignore them. Contact Fusion Dental Specialists today at (503) 653-2299 to schedule your consultation!