Jawbone Loss and Deterioration
Tooth loss, even losing just one tooth, has a significant impact on the functions of your mouth and your quality of life. Obvious effects of tooth loss include the impact it has on your smile and finding it difficult to eat and speak properly. One of the lesser known effects of tooth loss is the loss of bone mass in your jaw. Edward I. Jutkowitz, D.M.D., P.C. - Periodontics and Implantology can help.
Tooth Loss and Bone Deterioration
One of the jobs of your teeth is to provide stimulation for your jawbone. Every time that you chew, your teeth stimulate the bone. This stimulation triggers your body to send nutrients necessary for the strength of your jaw and surrounding areas. When you suffer tooth loss, your jawbone loses the stimulation from those missing teeth. This loss of stimulation tricks your body into thinking your jaw needs fewer nutrients. With fewer nutrients sent, your bone begins to weaken and deteriorate.
Other Causes of Bone Loss
While tooth loss is one of the major causes of bone loss in the jaw, there are a few other causes as well. These include:
Effects of Bone Loss
Bone loss in your jaw causes several significant complications. These issues include:
Stopping Bone Loss in Your Jaw
Replacing your missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your missing teeth. However, traditional treatments cannot stop bone loss in your jaw. This means that the bone continues to deteriorate and change shape. As a result, your restoration needs to be replaced every few years. Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth—the small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone become like replacement roots. These posts restore the stimulation to your jawbone, something no traditional tooth replacement option can do. With the stimulation restored, your body begins sending essential nutrients to your jaw once again, stopping bone loss and preventing new bone loss from occurring.
What If My Bone Is Too Weak?
If your jawbone has deteriorated too much following tooth loss, it may be too weak to properly support dental implants. Placing implants into weak bone can significantly impact the success of the treatment, leading to unstable restorations and dental implant failure.
Just because your bone is too weak, this does not mean you cannot receive dental implants. Instead, we can perform a bone graft. This is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting bone mass into the weak areas of our jaw. As you heal, your existing bone fuses to the graft, restoring strength. After healing, implants can be placed, and the success rate is much higher.
If you have suffered tooth loss, it is important to replace those missing teeth right away. Dental implants are popular for not only restoring the functions of your teeth above the gum line but for stopping bone loss in your jaw and preserving its strength. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Edward I. Jutkowitz, D.M.D., P.C. - Periodontics and Implantology today at (516) 740-1848.
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