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Jawbone Health

Lady with dark hair in severe pain holding her right jaw.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:
•  Regular exercise – An inactive lifestyle increases your risk of developing bone problems in your jaw and other parts of your body.
•  Well-balanced diet – Vitamin D and calcium are an important part of maintaining strong and durable bone.
•  No smoking and limited alcohol consumption – Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are known to damage the 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:
•  Tooth loss or extraction – Bone deterioration usually occurs within 18 months after the loss of a tooth.
•  Periodontal disease – An infection of the gums can destroy the underlying bone that supports your teeth.
•  Osteoporosis – This condition causes your bones to become weak and brittle. With a decrease in bone density, you are more susceptible to fractures or breaks in the jaw.
•  Jaw misalignment – When your teeth do not touch where they are supposed to, you may not receive adequate stimulation to the jawbone.
•  Bridges and other restorations – Only dental implants prevent future bone deterioration. Other restorations simply fill the space left by a missing tooth.
•  Trauma to the face – Traumatic injury to the teeth or jaw can stop bone stimulation or cause the bone to heal improperly.

The potential consequences of jawbone loss include:
•  Problems maintaining a youthful facial profile
•  Alignment issues with your remaining teeth
•  Jaw misalignment
•  Distortion of other facial features
•  Problems with communication and pronunciation
•  Winkled skin around your mouth
•  Inability to chew painlessly and properly
•  Temporomandibular joint disorder (jaw pain, headaches, etc.)
•  Sinus expansion

Learn more about jaw bone loss and deterioration here

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960 West Ralph Hall Parkway
Rockwall , TX 75032
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804 Gilmer Street
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
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