Your teeth play a vital role in the health of your supporting bone. In fact, when one or more teeth are missing, it can lead to bone loss at the site of the missing tooth and will eventually contribute to a number of problems with your appearance and your oral and overall health. Dr. Chun Pae Cho provides treatments to improve your jawbone health so that you can regain your oral health and function and receive dental implants or other treatments without difficulty. To schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon and learn more about jawbone health in Brooklyn, New York, call us today at 718-745-6555.
Just as your muscles are maintained through exercise, your jawbone is maintained by use. Teeth are anchored in supporting bone, and as you bite and chew, they work to stimulate your jawbone to keep it strong and healthy. When teeth are missing, the bone no longer receives the stimulation it needs. Over time, this supporting bone will resorb, or break down, gradually deteriorating and leading to a loss of stability and function for your remaining teeth. When this occurs, you may experience discomfort, an altered facial appearance, and an inability to speak or eat normally.
Problems which may occur as a result of bone and tooth loss include:
- A collapsed facial profile
- An inability to chew properly, leading to inadequate nutrition
- Difficulty speaking and communicating normally
- Distortion of other facial features
- Limited or no lip support
- Sinus expansion
- Skin wrinkling around the mouth
- TMJ (jaw joint) pain, facial pain or headaches
- Tooth misalignment, drifting, loosening and loss
For more information about jawbone health and to learn how our oral surgeon can help, contact our team today.