Bone loss is one of the most extreme consequences of poor oral health. Although it sounds scary, there are some options to treat bone loss in the mouth.
What Causes Bone Loss?
The most common reason why it happens is because of periodontal disease. When you don’t clean plaque, bacteria, and tartar from your teeth, it can build-up on your gums and cause an infection. Untreated gum disease can worsen, and start eating at your jaw bone and the tissue that connects the tooth to the bone.
Another reason why you might lose bone is that you lost a tooth. The bone in that area will start receding because there is no tooth to take the impact of chewing and biting.
How Do You Treat Bone Loss?
It depends on the cause of bone loss. In some cases, it’s possible for jaw bone regeneration to occur. In other instances, jaw bone loss is permanent, and other alternatives are needed.
Bone grafting is one way to provide bone back in your jaw. The procedure involves taking bone from another part of your jaw and inserting it into the loss area. Bone grafting can stimulate the jaw into regenerating bone again.
Once you have enough jaw bone, you’ll want to get a dental implant. This will prevent future bone loss and keep your smile healthy.
How to Prevent Bone Loss
The good news is that bone loss is usually preventable with a good oral care routine. You’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Removing plaque and other bacteria is key to stopping infection that could lead to bone loss.
It’s also essential to visit the dentist every six months. A dental exam will notice problems early on – which is far easier to treat than when dental issues are in an advanced stage.
If you receive a tooth extraction, make plans to get a dental implant as well. A dental implant is great for aesthetic reasons, but it also keeps your jaw healthy. Discuss your options with your dentist to determine the best results for you.
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