If you have missing teeth or have suffered from gum disease, you can lose bone mass in your jaw. Therefore, it is important to come into our office and check on any bone loss. Bone loss can make it difficult to make replacements or can lead to further dental problems. The following information will give you more details on how to know if this may be an issue for you.
What Causes a Jaw to Lose Bone?
If you lose bone tissue in your jaw, it usually is because you have had a tooth extracted or you have lost a tooth. This can result from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, in the later stages, can eat through the bone. When it reaches the bone, teeth lose their anchor. Therefore, the disease is responsible for both bone loss and tooth loss who go through the advanced states of the disease.
How Can You Tell You've Lost Some Bone?
You can tell you've lost some bone when you look at your dental profile. That is a strong indicator that something is wrong. Your face will look gaunt and more angular. We can also look at x-rays and immediately tell that bone loss has occurred. This is a problem that can be addressed by scheduling a bone graft – a procedure that may take some time, but which is well worth the expense. Would you like to know more about bone loss? If so, schedule an appointment with our office. We can assist you in finding out what treatment is right for you. Give us a call today to schedule an exam and consultation. By scheduling an appointment, we can access the situation and help develop a treatment problem to address any issues we discover.