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The Problems with Your Jaw When You Lose Teeth

Posted on 11/25/2015 by Dr. Frank Sallustio
A man suffering from a missing tooth!Losing your teeth can result in a variety of problems that may affect your overall health and the appearance of your smile. When you suffer tooth loss, you will also experience problems with your jaw, and it is important to be aware of these potential concerns so that you can take a proactive approach to preventing them.

Tooth Extractions and Jawbone Loss

When a tooth is removed and a replacement is not inserted, deterioration of the jawbone may result.

The natural teeth are embedded into the jawbone, and they stimulate this bone through activities like biting and chewing. When the teeth are missing, the portion of the jaw that anchors the teeth into the mouth will no longer receive this needed stimulation, so it will begin to break down. Since the body no longer needs or uses the jawbone, it deteriorates. For most patients, this deterioration will begin within the first 18 months after extraction, and it will continue on throughout life.

Periodontal Disease and the Jaw

Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Periodontal disease is broken up into two main categories: gingivitis and periodontitis. The more serious of the two is periodontitis, which involves the progressive loss of jawbone when the alveloar bone begins to shorten in relation to the teeth. If the condition is left untreated, it can lead to loosening of the teeth and eventual tooth loss.

Dentures and Bridgework

Unanchored dentures will be placed over the gum line, so they won't have any direct contact with the underlying jaw bone. This lack of stimulation can cause the bone to deteriorate, so people who wear dentures may experience appliance loosening and issues with speaking and eating. This bone loss could become so severe that the dentures cannot stay in place even with extremely strong adhesives, and you may need to invest in a new set.

Please contact us if you have any questions about missing teeth.
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