Over time, the portions of the jawbone associated with missing teeth or high levels of gum disease can become atrophied or reabsorbed. Your bone structure may also be affected as a result of a traumatic injury, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. All of these conditions that affect your jawbone make it difficult to place dental implants. Bone grafting is a procedure that allows us to place additional bone tissue in the affected area, helping to regrow or regenerate your jawbone so that it can support a dental implant. Dr. Aaron T. Ward may also recommend bone grafting for certain periodontal surgeries.
Bone tissue is maintained by use. Your teeth are embedded in your jawbone, and stimulate the bone tissues through regular movement. When teeth are missing, this stimulation no longer exists, and your bone tissue begins to break down.
Jawbone loss can cause problems with your appearance and your overall health. Common effects of jawbone deterioration include:
- Problems with your remaining teeth – including but not limited to misalignment, loosening, and tooth loss
- A collapsing facial profile
- Limited support for your lips
- Distortion of other facial features
- Wrinkling of the skin around your mouth
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders
- Facial pain
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Sinus expansion
- Poor nutrition – a result of your inability to chew properly and without pain
Causes of Jawbone Deterioration
There are many reasons why your jawbone may become to deteriorate. The most common of these causes includes:
- Tooth extractions
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Dentures and bridgework
- Osteomyelitis (bacterial infection of the bone and bone marrow of your jaw)
- Developmental deformities
- Sinus deficiencies
For more information on bone loss, jawbone health, and bone grafting in Ogden, Utah, please contact us today and set up an appointment with our experienced periodontist.