Why Does Your Jaw Deteriorate?There are many factors that can cause your jaw to deteriorate:
|•||Tooth loss. When you lose teeth, either naturally or because of a tooth extraction, your body thinks that the jaw no longer requires nutrients to keep it strong, as it is no longer holding your teeth in place.|
|•||Periodontal disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums. When bacteria travel below the gum line and start to spread infection, it develops into periodontal disease. The bacteria begin to attack not only the gums, but the jawbone as well.|
|•||Dentures. Dentures are a good option if you have suffered tooth loss, but you still suffer jaw deterioration. Over time, your jaw begins to change shape, and your dentures no longer fit properly. Wearing ill-fitting dentures can speed up the process of deterioration as the prosthesis rubs against the gums and puts pressure on the bone.|
What Can Be Done?
Your first step in restoring your jaw is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. If you are currently a denture wearer, or are missing teeth, dental implants can help to stop bone loss. Implants are titanium rods that are surgically placed in your jaw and act as tooth roots, holding false teeth in place. But in order to have implants, you must first have sufficient bone mass. If you lack the mass necessary, you can have a bone graft.
Bone GraftA bone graft is a surgical procedure that takes bone from somewhere else in your body and attaches it to your jawbone. As you heal, the bone regenerates, restoring the mass necessary to hold the implants securely in place. It also restores the shape of your jaw and prevents your existing teeth from shifting and your face from changing shape.
If you have started to notice changes in your facial shape and suspect jaw deterioration, contact our office to see if a bone graft is right for you.