Combating Bone Loss with Your Teeth
At Dental Solutions of Avon/Indy, we provide preventive and restorative dental care because we want our patients’ teeth to be healthy and strong. In fact, many common dental conditions can be prevented or treated and reversed with preventive care and regular visits to our office. Without regular care, however, dental conditions like decay, infection, and gum disease can advance to the point where they cause tooth and bone loss.
What Is Bone Loss?
Bone loss typically occurs through two ways: advanced gum disease, or lost teeth. In advanced gum disease, bacteria make their way underneath your gum line and begin eating away at the jawbone and periodontal ligaments (the anchors that keep your teeth connected to your jaw) underneath. With missing teeth, the jawbone is lost overtime without the sustaining pressure of chewing. Bone loss is more likely to occur when multiple teeth are missing.
How Do We Combat Bone Loss?
There are multiple ways we can combat bone loss. The easiest is to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place through good oral hygiene and regular visits to our office. This way, we can work to prevent gum disease and the conditions leading to missing teeth from developing at all.
If gum disease does occur, our team will work to treat and reverse its progression, if possible. One of the keys to managing gum disease is early detection. For missing teeth, we may recommend a dental implant to both restore the function of your tooth and prevent bone loss from occurring. During the implant procedure, we surgically implant a titanium post in your jaw, then attach a crown once the site has healed. Titanium is a biocompatible material that stimulates your jaw and prevents bone loss.
To schedule your next appointment or ask our team any questions about how we prevent bone loss, contact our office today!