It is a common premise that as we age certain aspects of life are simply eminent, loosing teeth is one of them.
But is it really necessary to reach our adult years without teeth and with sunken cheeks?
Bone density naturally decreases with age, osteoporosis is a bone condition wherein the bones become more porous, thin and brittle. Usually osteoporosis is related to the bones of the hip, spine and wrist but it also affects a very important part of the human body – the jaw.
When the bone density in the jaw declines many dental problems arise including tooth loss. According to the National Institutes of Health NIH) over 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and tooth loss affects approximately a third of the population of adults aging 65 or more.
It is all about the bone. Your jaw is a bone and it supports and anchors teeth, bone mass declines there is a great chance that teeth loosen and might lead to tooth loss. In turn, when teeth are lost, the bone will not gain back the same density.
Since our body is interconnected, being aware of what happens in your mouth is a good sign of what is going on in the rest of the body. Many times the mouth can indicate early signs of osteoporosis. If you are experiencing severe gum disease, loose teeth, difficulty eating or speaking, gums that are becoming detached from your teeth and dentures that do not fit, please contact your dentist. If the dentist discovers that you have early warning signs of osteoporosis, it is advisable that you also consult with your physician so you can start a treatment.
When teeth are lost because of loss in bone density, not all hope is lost.
Bone grafts is a procedure that will allow you to regain the quality of life you had before loosing your precious teeth. In this procedure, bone or bone like materials are added to the jaw in order to make the placement of dental implants possible.
At Prisma Dental, we have made it possible for thousands of patients over the age of 65 to regain their smile, their peace of mind and the full mobility and mastication ability of their mouth thanks to bone grafts and dental implants.
By: Prisma Dental
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