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Jaw Resorption Can Leave You Struggling with Tooth Loss

Posted on 5/20/2019 by Tricia Ramsay
Jaw Resorption Can Leave You Struggling with Tooth LossThere are a few reasons that people suffer from jaw resorption. Like the name, jaw resorption involves the loss of the bone tissue of the jaw. Jaw resorption is something that occurs over time and many people do not realize it happens until it is too late.

There are risks involved with jaw resorption that it is important to understand. One of the risks is the loss of teeth. There are things to do that can help prevent the problems associated with jaw resorption.

Causes of Jaw Resorption

There are a few different reasons jaw resorption can occur. One is simply the aging process. As you get older, the body doesn't regenerate bone tissue as fast as when you were younger. It is also possible that jaw resorption will occur. While there are possible problems with jaw resorption due to age, it does not usually cause problems unless combined with something else.

Gum disease can also increase the chance of jaw resorption. The jaw needs healthy gum tissue to support the bone growth and to prevent any bone loss.

A more common cause of jaw resorption is lost teeth. Losing a tooth affects the jaw in many ways. One of those is jaw resorption. The more of the bone lost, the higher the risk of something happening to the surrounding area. It is possible to lose the bone that supports healthy teeth.

As more of the bone is lost, the teeth become exposed. The more exposure, the less strength they have to remain in place. At some point, the teeth will not have enough support and will become loose. If a loose tooth becomes a lost tooth, the problem of jaw resorption will grow, and the possibility of more loose teeth will increase. It is like a train going downhill. The problems only get worse if left untreated.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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