What Can Happen if You Start to Experience Jaw Resorption?
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Jaw resorption is not a term that everyone is familiar with. They can figure out that it involves the jaw, but they probably are not aware what is really happening with this condition. They may not know when it is a big problem and what the signs of it are.
They don't know what they can do about it. Because it is a problem that many people end up dealing with, it is worth learning a little more about it.
What is Jaw Resorption?
Over the course of a person's lifetime, they will most likely lose some of their natural teeth. It is a common occurrence that happens to almost everyone despite their best efforts to keep their teeth and gums healthy. When a tooth is lost, the bones of the jaw may not regenerate and grow in the same way they did when the tooth was in place. The loss of bone is known as jaw resorption.
Problems of Jaw Resorption
When people lose a tooth, they have a few options. They can do nothing, they can turn to dentures or they can get implants. If they choose to do nothing or they get dentures, they are at risk for bone resorption. This can lead to problems with the teeth surrounding the area of the lost teeth. If it leads to the loss of bone tissue, the surrounding teeth will lose bone and can become loose or can fall out.
As teeth fall out, more of the bone tissue is at risk. There is also an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Because of these risks, it is important to do something when you start to experience jaw resorption.
Common Forms of Dental Treatment
There are a few ways to treat jaw resorption. While dentures can help slow down the process by replacing the missing teeth, they do not stop it completely. The best way to replace teeth to prevent bone resorption is through dental implants. They provide the structure needed to help bone growth. Another option is bone grafts. This can help replace bone lost through resorption.
As you get older, the risks of bone resorption grow. It is a good idea to find out what your options for treatment are. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to find out more about this or any other oral health issue.