When you don’t keep up on good oral health habits, you can experience tooth decay, gum disease and bone loss. When habits don’t change, those problems can become severe, which leads to tooth loss, gum recession, mushy gums and even bone deterioration. The bones in your jaws can literally start to deteriorate because of poor oral hygiene. Use these tips to avoid that and invest in these oral health options if you already have bone loss in your mouth!
By the Numbers
Cavities and periodontal disease are the primary causes of lost teeth in America.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by age 17, seven percent of people in the United States have lost at least one permanent tooth because of decay. That is high percentage of tooth loss all from not taking proper care of your teeth.
What Causes Oral Bone Loss?
Bone loss is the tragic result chronic periodontitis and tooth loss. With periodontitis, bacteria slowly consumes the underlying jawbone and ligaments that keep the tooth affixed to the bone. But, the more common cause of oral bone loss is with the loss of teeth, particularly if those teeth aren’t replaced with an implant or other spacer.
Part of the problem with jawbone depletion results from the jaw not receiving enough pressure/stimuli when chewing since there is no longer a tooth there to present those functions. Studies show that 25 percent of bone is lost after you had lost a tooth for one year. Bone loss won’t stop there either. If not addressed it will continue to breakdown.
What Can Be Done to Avoid Oral Bone Loss
To prevent bone loss, a replacement tooth (with a root) must be inserted where the other resided so the pressure and stimuli can occur for a healthy jawbone. Following an extraction, a dentist can replace a tooth that was lost with an implant or a fixed implant-supported bridge/denture.
Practicing preventive measures like, eating a balanced diet with plenty of Vitamins C and D, not smoking, exercising good oral hygiene and scheduling regular visits to your dentist can help you avoid bone loss from gum disease or periodontitis. Unfortunately, bone loss cannot be reversed, but new bone can be grafted in.
Even with all our modern advances in dental care, we have yet to discover how to completely rid society from tooth loss. Millions of people are missing at least one tooth due to an injury, decay, or a gum disease like gingivitis. If you have one or more missing teeth, the Parker implant dentistry team at Evanson DDS can show you how dental implants can solve your problem permanently. For tooth replacement, a custom-designed dental implant offers you the best natural, durable solution available today.
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that 3 million people currently have dental implants—a number that continues to increase every year. Dental implants have both the look and feel of natural teeth; they look real. Patients can eat and drink whatever they chose with dental implants, but most importantly, they boost confidence!
State-of-the-Art Gum Disease Treatments
Gum disease treatments have been broadened over the years to encompass more regenerative procedures. While removing bacteria and eliminating pockets are still essential parts of fighting the war against gum disease, now lasers, membranes, bone grafts, or proteins are used to stimulate tissue growth and regenerate bone and tissue to combat the gum disease.
Advances in dentistry offer you more services and treatments than ever before to improve your smile and your dental health. Please call us at (720) 409-0008 if you have any questions or to set up an appointment for a dental exam.Leave a reply →