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What Does it Mean to Have Bone Loss in the Jaw?

Posted on 2/22/2021 by Ankur Johri
What Does it Mean to Have Bone Loss in the Jaw?For those patients suffering from widespread decay and disease in their oral cavity, the news can be devastating. In a lot of cases once it starts it keeps progressing leading to tooth loss and even contracting the periodontal disease which is a progressive disease. For those patients, they are told to have a bone mass loss in their upper and lower jaws. They might not understand what this might mean or what might help rebuild the lost tissue.

Bone Resorption

The technical term for bone mass loss is bone resorption. It can occur for a variety of reasons. The jawbone requires constant pressure to remain healthy and strong. This pressure is maintained through the natural biting motion of the jaw while patients eat. The opposing teeth pressing against each other is the exact kind of pressure necessary to maintain bone mass. When a patient loses a tooth, this opposing pressure is lost. Without that opposing pressure, in many instances, the bone begins to resorb into the body. When this occurs, an infection can set in leading to further complications.

Bone mass loss can also be indicative of periodontal disease which is a terrifying disease that damages not only the teeth but the soft tissues of the mouth as well. When bone loss is detected it is important to have our office staff evaluate the patient to determine if they have the disease so treatment can begin.

Why Bone Mass Loss is Important

The reason bone mass is so important is that when patients suffer tooth loss one of the most popular artificial tooth solutions is dental implants. Implants require an adequate amount of healthy bone mass in order to properly support the implants. Without it the patient cannot have the restorative artificial tooth solution without additional costly surgeries like bone grafts which will rebuild the lost bone.

We can help to prevent bone loss in your mouth. Please give us a call to find out how we can help you.
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