What Are the Early Symptoms of Bone Loss in the Jaw?
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Jeff Wasielewski DDS
Most adults know that our bones are alive, but did you know that bones are a biologically active tissue? This means that our bones are sensitive to any conditions that affect it negatively. We are going to look at the most common reasons for bone loss in the jaw and talk about some of the early symptoms of bone loss.
Signs of Bone Loss
Because the jaw bone is there to support a tooth, when a tooth is lost, the jaw begins to slowly deteriorate. But this isn't always evident right away, it gradually gets worse. You may have lost a tooth and decided not to have it replaced, over time you will start to notice that the surrounding teeth are becoming loose. This is because when the bone begins to deteriorate under your missing tooth, it begins to expand and this can cause multiple teeth to be lost.
Another cause of bone loss, and one of the symptoms, is gum infection or disease. If you have had untreated periodontitis, it can spread infection to your bone and your body may not be able to heal itself. This would require extraction, or spontaneous tooth loss as the bone deteriorates. If the gum disease progresses untreated, the bone loss will increase.
Wearing dentures slows down the process of bone loss, but it can still occur. This will manifest itself by your dentures not fitting quite as well as they once did. You may not notice at first, but as the bone is slowly reabsorbed into the body, your gums recede, which can cause your dentures to slide around in your mouth or become uncomfortable.
Whatever the reason, if you suspect that you may be experiencing bone loss in your jaw, please don't hesitate to give our office a call. We can check the condition of your bones and help you come up with a plan to repair or even reverse the damage.
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