The Importance of Teeth for Jaw Bone Health

When one or more teeth are missing, this can lead to bone loss and develop into additional problems with your appearance and overall health.

In the same way that muscles are maintained through exercise, bone tissue is maintained by use. Natural teeth are embedded in the jaw bone and stimulate the health of the jaw bone through activities such as chewing and biting. When teeth are missing the portion of the jaw bone that anchors the teeth into the mouth, no longer receives the necessary stimulation it needs and begins to break down, or resorb.

Potential Consequences of Tooth and Jaw Bone Loss

  • Problems with remaining teeth, including misalignment, drifting, loosening, and loss
  • Collapsed facial profile
  • Limited lip support
  • Skin wrinkling around the mouth
  • Distortion of other facial features
  • Jaw (TMJ or temporomandibular joint) pain, facial pain, and headaches
  • Difficulty speaking and communicating
  • Inadequate nutrition as a result of the inability to chew properly and painlessly
  • Sinus expansion

Reasons for Jaw Bone Loss and Deterioration

There can be several reasons for deterioration of the jaw bone that may require a bone grafting procedure. Some of these reasons include tooth extractions, misalignment, bacterial infections in the bone and bone marrow of jaw, tumors, developmental deformities,and sinus deficiencies. The best course of action is to come to our office for a complete evaluation of your bone heath.