How to Tell if the Bone Density of Your Jaw Is Dropping
Posted on 8/9/2021 by Candice
If you get periodontal disease, it can impact the density of your bone. This can also happen when you have removable dentures. Not only will the gums shrink, but bone deterioration can take place as the result of wearing the prostheses.
Bone Loss, Infection, and Extraction
Bone loss happens when the gum pockets widen because of advanced gum infection, allowing the bacteria to settle on the bone, thereby destroying it. You can tell you have lost some bone volume, as your teeth will become more mobile, and you will also have wider gaps between the teeth. When this happens, you need to take measures to stop the progress of the destruction. Removing a tooth or teeth can lead to further bone loss, as nothing is stimulating the um and preserving it, as there is no tooth or teeth for the activity to take place.
To keep the bone from further deterioration, an open-flap debridement allows greater access into the gum pockets, and enhances disinfection around the teeth. The gums are softly peeled away from the teeth to improve access during the cleaning process. Also, after a tooth extraction, dental bone loss is common. The socket remodels, leading to a loss of density and volume. Again, the jaw bone needs recurring stimulation to preserve its density.
How Implants Help
You can replace missing teeth with dental implants to prevent the occurrence of further bone loss. Because a removable denture will not preserve the bone, you need to have the implants placed, which serve as root replacements. Moreover, bone grafting can be done to prevent the bone from losing even more density and volume. Socket preservation can also be performed to graft bone into the socket right after extraction. When the site is sutured, the body heals, and the socket of the extracted tooth contains healthy and dense bone.
Would you like to know more about the health of your jaw bone? If so, we can answer your questions. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation.
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