The Importance of Teeth for Jaw Bone Health
When one or more teeth are missing it will eventually lead to bone loss. This loss of bone can develop into additional problems, both with appearance as well as a patient’s overall health. The patient may experience pain, problems with the remaining teeth, altered facial appearance, and even the inability to speak and/or eat.
In the same way that muscles are maintained through exercise, bone tissue is maintained by use. Natural teeth are embedded in the jaw bone and stimulate it through function. When teeth are missing, the alveolar bone, or the portion of the jaw bone that supports the teeth, no longer receives the necessary stimulation it requires and it begins to deteriorate over time.
Potential Consequences of Tooth and Jaw Bone Loss
- Problems with the remaining dentition, including misalignment, drifting, loosening, and eventual loss
- Collapsed facial profile
- Limited lip support
- Skin wrinkling around the mouth
- Distortion of facial features
- Jaw (TMJ or temporomandibular joint) pain, facial pain, and headaches
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Inadequate nutrition as a result of the inability to chew properly and painlessly
- Sinus expansion
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