Ways of Stopping Jaw Resorption After Having Teeth Extracted


Posted on 5/15/2019 by Westlake Oral & Plastic Surgery
Ways of Stopping Jaw Resorption After Having Teeth ExtractedGetting a tooth pulled is one of the ways to alleviate a problem around the tooth. Tooth extractions are a common procedure that do not carry a lot of risks. There was a time when pulling a tooth was the only option.

Modern dentistry has come a long way, but there are still times when extraction is the right choice. Unfortunately, an extraction can still lead to other problems. One of those problems is jaw resorption. Anyone that has had a tooth extraction should know how they can stop this from happening.

What is Jaw Resorption?


Teeth that are intact stimulate the growth of bone in the jaw. The regeneration of bone tissue in turn supports the tooth. It is a cycle that stops when there is an extraction of the tooth. Without the tooth, the bone regeneration slows down or stops, and the bone tissue can diminish. Jaw resorption is the loss of that bone tissue. It can affect other teeth and can impact the shape of the jaw and the mouth.

Treatment Options
The treatment options to stop jaw resorption depend on how many teeth are missing. The basics of treatment are to replace the teeth. Some people turn to dentures, but dentures by themselves cannot stop jaw resorption. They do not stimulate bone growth because they sit on top of the gums. They are also not in place all the time.

Promoting the bone growth to prevent jaw resorption requires the replacement of both the tooth and the root. This provides the necessary support and the stimulation to stimulate bone growth. If only one tooth is missing, a single dental implant is effective. If there are more teeth missing, it is possible to combine one or two dental implants with a partial bridge.

People who have lost teeth or have had teeth pulled do not have to accept jaw resorption as their fate. There are ways to manage it and to prevent it from happening.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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