To maintain a healthy mouth and retain your teeth requires a strong jawbone. Without it, your teeth may not function properly or may loosen, shift in place, until they eventually fall out. If teeth fall out, your facial structure may collapse.
There are steps you can take to maintain a healthy jawbone. Start by brushing and flossing daily. Be sure to see your dental professional for regular checkups. Finally, don’t forget to eat a healthy diet.
Why Healthy Jawbones Deteriorate
Healthy jawbones may deteriorate for a number of reasons including:
Disease. Diseases such as oral cancer and sinus problems can affect jawbone loss. However, common diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, are the worst offenders. Left untreated, periodontal disease will infect your gums causing them to become red, irritated, and inflamed. Eventually the tissue and bone in your mouth breaks down. Your teeth and gums separate. The bone holding your teeth in place deteriorates. This leads to tooth and jawbone loss.
Trauma. It can be difficult to protect your mouth from unexpected trauma. However, if you play sports consider wearing a mouth guard. Loss of a tooth due to an accident of any kind may result in jawbone loss if you don’t replace the tooth. Talk to your dental professional immediately if you suffer any kind of mouth trauma.
Dental procedures. Your natural teeth embedded in your jawbone stimulate the roots of your teeth through biting and chewing. This stimulates your jawbone. When you lose teeth or wear unanchored dental appliances such as bridges or dentures on top of your gums, there is no stimulation. Therefore, it may result in jawbone resorption due to loss of bone stimulation.
If you want to maintain a healthy jawbone and mouth, use proper oral hygiene. This includes daily flossing and brushing as well as regular visits to your dental professional.
Jawbone Loss and Dental Implants
Dental implants are composed of a titanium implant. Your dental professional places this implant in the jawbone. An abutment fits over the portion of the implant above the gum line like a dental crown making it appear as a natural tooth.
Dental implants are the primary prevention to jawbone loss. Implants can also reduce the possibility of loss of your surrounding teeth and look most like natural teeth.
On the other hand, removable dentures can slip, create unwelcome sounds, and negatively affect other teeth. Additionally, they generally need replacement after several years and don’t help with the integrity of your jawbone. Dental implants, on the other hand, maintain the health of your remaining natural teeth as well as your jawbone.
If you’re considering dental implants, talk to your dental professional to determine if you’re a good candidate.