The Tooth Loss-Bone Loss Connection
Most people understand that tooth loss can cause cosmetic problems, but in reality, these aesthetic concerns are just one impact of losing teeth. Tooth loss can also lead to loss of bone in your jaw that can impact your overall health and cause changes to the shape of your face. If you suffer from periodontal disease in Peoria or have other risk factors for tooth loss, here is why your bones may be in jeopardy as well.
Periodontal disease, the most common cause of tooth loss, often itself causes bone loss. The infection may invade the bone around the teeth and destroy bone tissue. This infection of the bone further loosens the stability of the teeth in the affected area, which increases the risk of tooth loss. When teeth are missing, the jawbone deteriorates quickly, allowing the remaining teeth to shift and impact your bite. As the loss of bone continues, the face may sink inward and downward, causing cosmetic concerns. Fortunately, dental implants protect your jawbone and prevent further bone loss. Talk to a provider at your general dentistry practice about tooth loss solutions to protect your jaw.