Is it possible to incur bone loss after tooth extraction? For treatment, you can visit the dentists from Dental266 in Burwood, NSW.
What causes bone loss?
Several factors cause bone loss. The key to preventing it is in the prevention of these factors.
Chronic periodontitis. The bacteria will slowly eat away the underlying jawbone and periodontal ligaments that connect the teeth to the jawbone, making the teeth weaker and more susceptible to falling out.
An unreplaced tooth. This is the most common cause of bone loss. When a tooth goes unreplaced, or in some cases, multiple teeth, the jawbone is affected. The jawbone is preserved through the pressure applied to it when a person is chewing. If a tooth extraction is performed, and there is no replacement tooth put in place after the extraction, within the first year, 25% of the jawbone stands to be lost, and that number will continue as time passes.
Misaligned teeth. If the teeth are misaligned, the necessary pressure to the jawbone does not occur, this will also cause bone loss because of the lack of stimulus to the jawbone.
Infection. If there is an infection that has damaged the bone, there is an increased risk of bone loss.
Tumors. If a patient has tumors in their face, the removal of the tumor might also entail the removal of part of the jawbone.
Dentures. Dentures can also add to the bone loss because they wear away at the ridges of bone that they are placed on top of. People who wear dentures stand to lose the shape of the lower third of their face due to the amount of bone loss that can be incurred by using dentures.
Preventing bone loss
The best way to prevent bone loss after tooth extraction would be to replace the tooth with one that can exert the same amount of pressure as the original one. A dental implant can be a good choice for a replacement tooth, and it can be put in immediately after the extraction.
If a denture is secured by implants, it can exert around 80% of the original biteforce to the jawbone, better than if the dentures were removable.
If you think your teeth might be unhealthy and show signs of looseness or are falling out, it might be a good idea to consult your dentist about this. Bone loss can be prevented and it is best if your dentist can evaluate your oral health so that they can advise you on how to change it for best results as well.
Good tooth and gum health are key to preserving the teeth. There are many consequences of bad oral health, and having unhealthy teeth is one of them. If teeth are preserved, it would be easier to prevent bone loss. Simply brushing and flossing two times a day, and making sure you have regular trips to the dentist will keep your teeth in top-notch condition, preventing bone loss. Prevention is always better, easier and much less painful than cure.