Your jawbone is an important part of your oral health. When you lose one or more teeth, it not only affects your smile, it has serious consequences for your jawbone as well. At Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists, we want you to maintain a healthy jaw, and receive the very best in tooth replacement, which is why we offer bone grafting.
The Importance of Teeth
Your teeth and jawbone have a mutually beneficial relationship (your jaw supports your teeth and vice versa). The root of your tooth stimulates the jawbone when you bite or chew. When you lose a tooth, you lose the physical stimulation your jaw needs to remain healthy. Your body no longer uses, or “needs” that area of the jawbone, and over time, the bone will resorb back into the bloodstream.
Maintaining a Healthy Jawbone
Maintaining a healthy jawbone can be broken down into 2 phases—pre-tooth loss and post-tooth loss. The best thing you can do for your jaw is maintained all your natural teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after a meal. You should also floss at least once a day to remove food particles and bacteria from between your teeth. Tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease at the two biggest causes of tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease causes the underlying bone to deteriorate, even before you lose a tooth.
There are several other lifestyle habits you can implement to maintain a healthy jawbone:
After a tooth has been lost, there are only two ways to ensure a healthy jawbone—bone grafting and dental implants. Bone grafting procedures, like socket perseveration, temporarily halt the process of bone deterioration. Dental implants act as the root component of a tooth. The implant screw stimulates the jawbone and prevents future deterioration. In many cases, a bone graft may be necessary before we can place an implant.
The Causes and Consequences of Jawbone Loss
The common causes of jawbone loss include:
The potential consequences of jawbone loss include:
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