Jawbone Loss and Deterioration
Losing your teeth, even losing just one, has several significant effects on your life. One of the most obvious effects of tooth loss is the impact that the event has on your smile and your confidence. Losing teeth affects your abilities to bite and chew, which affects your digestion and nutrition. Your speech suffers. Below the gums, something else starts to happen. Losing your teeth leads to bone loss in the jaw. Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery can help.
Tooth Loss and Bone Loss
Your teeth perform many critical roles in your mouth. In addition to making eating and speaking possible, they are also essential in the appearance of your smile. The teeth also have an additional role that many people do not often think about. The teeth, more specifically the roots, are responsible for the health and integrity of your jawbone. When you chew, the roots of your teeth stimulate the bone. This triggers the body to send the nutrients required for the health of the jawbone and the surrounding areas.
Tooth loss affects every function of the teeth. When you lose teeth, the jawbone loses stimulation. This sends a weaker message to the body. The body responds with fewer nutrients. Over time, the bone begins to grow weak and change shape.
Effects of Bone Loss
Losing bone mass in your jaw has several significant effects on your mouth and your face. Losing bone mass causes the jaw to begin to change shape. Teeth that remain in the jaw begin to shift out of alignment, which throws off your bite. You may suddenly find yourself dealing with bruxism, temporomandibular joint pain, and other issues. If you lose enough bone mass, it can even begin to impact the appearance of your face. Losing bone mass means that the skin on your face loses support. As a result, the skin begins to sink in at the cheeks and mouth. It becomes loose and begins to sag. You may also find yourself dealing with wrinkles that you never had before. All of these factors can significantly age you well beyond your actual years.
Preserving Bone Mass After Tooth Loss
After suffering tooth loss, it is essential that you have your missing teeth replaced right away. Dental implants have become the most popular choice for dealing with missing teeth. This unique treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the bone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts, turning them into stable, secure roots that are then used to provide support for your replacement teeth. The posts function just like the roots of your natural teeth. They restore the stimulation to your jawbone which restores the signals to your body. As a result, bone loss is stopped and prevented. No other treatment for missing teeth can provide this incredible benefit.
What if My Jaw Does Not Have the Necessary Bone Mass?
For dental implants to be successful, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining in the jaw. Without it, your jaw may not properly fuse, or it may not fuse at all. Should this happen, you may be faced with loose posts or dealing with implant failure. Fortunately, just because you do not have the necessary bone mass during your initial treatment, this does not mean that implants are out. Bone grafting is one way to restore missing bone mass to the jaw. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you may also be a candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, which can provide you with strategically placed implants that prevent the need for a bone graft.
If you have suffered tooth loss, replacement is needed as soon as possible. For more information call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at (805) 267-9766 today.
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