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Jawbone Health


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The Importance of Teeth for Jawbone Health


When one or more teeth are missing, it can lead to jawbone loss at the site of the gap. This loss of jawbone can develop into additional problems, both with your appearance and your overall health. You may experience pain, problems with your remaining teeth, and altered facial appearance, and eventually even the inability to speak and eat normally.

In the same way that muscles are maintained through exercise, bone tissue is maintained by use. Natural teeth are embedded in the jawbone, and stimulate the jawbone through activities such as chewing and biting. When teeth are missing, the alveolar bone, or the portion of the jawbone that anchors the teeth in the mouth, no longer receives the necessary stimulation, and begins to break down, or resorb. The body no longer uses or “needs” the jawbone, so it deteriorates and goes away.

Potential Consequences of Tooth and Jawbone Loss


•  Problems with remaining teeth, including, misalignment, drifting, loosening ,and loss
•  Collapsed facial profile
•  Limited lip support
•  Skin wrinkling around the mouth
•  Distortion of other facial features
•  Jaw (temporomandibular joint [TMJ]) pain, facial pain, and headaches
•  Difficulty speaking and communicating
•  Inadequate nutrition as a result of the inability to chew properly and painlessly
•  Sinus expansion
Roslyn Heights
70 Glen Cove Rd, Roslyn Heights,
NY 11576
Phone: (516) 740-1848
Fax: 516-621-9409


Manhattan
133 East 58th St, Ste 803,
Manhattan, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 355-3944
Fax: 646-735-1843

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