Jaw Resorption is Not Something You Want to Happen
Posted on 8/25/2018 by Celeste Tom
Patients who have missing teeth and wear dentures are at a greater risk of jaw resorption and this is not something you want to happen.
As we age, bone is not regenerated as fast as it does when we are younger. If you are finding that your dentures are not fitting as they were, you may be suffering from jaw resorption.
What Causes Jaw Resorption?
Bone resorption happens throughout a lifetime, but it slows down as we age. Having missing teeth can accelerate jaw resorption and reduce bone mass and density in the mandible. Everyone is different based on age, gender, and genetic factors, but these are some reasons for jaw resorption happens:
Tooth Extractions - Teeth stimulate bone tissue growth and when one is missing and not replaced, jaw resorption accelerates.
Periodontal Disease - If you have gum disease or gingivitis, the bone support of your teeth starts to deteriorate when left untreated. The bacteria that form around the teeth and under the gum line, minutes after brushing, starts to grow and eventually separates the tooth from the gums resulting in pockets.
Dentures - When a tooth is missing the bone doesn't receive stimulation to regenerate. This results in jaw resorption, which causes the appliance to loosen.
TMJ Disorders - If there is a misalignment of the jaw a tooth will be missing the opposite support system and jaw resorption can occur as time goes by.
Trauma - When you take a hit to the face in an accident or sports injury and one of your teeth gets knocked out, the area is no longer stimulated, and bone loss follows.
Jaw resorption is not something you want to leave unattended, especially if you have missing teeth. We can discuss your options and suggest the best treatment for your case so that your mouth can function as normally as possible.