We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful. If you’ve already noticed bone recession in yourself, then you may require restorative dentistry in Allen TX to restore your foundation.
Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is generally the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus needed for maintaining healthy bone is taken away. Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession.
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions actually keep surrounding bone structure healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. With restorative dentistry in Allen TX, a dental implant provides stimulation similar to that of a natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the harmful infection.
Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. If you suspect you have gum disease, call us today for gum disease treatment options. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease, but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking, hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or an extraction, if necessary.
If you would like to replace a missing tooth with restorative dentistry in Allen TX, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is a routine procedure performed in a dental office.
If you have experienced bone recession due to gum disease, an abscess, an extracted tooth, or any other reason, let’s review your options. You may benefit from a dental implant, soft tissue grafts, or bone grafts. Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and prevent further bone recession. Call 972-468-8279 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consultation.
At The Plano Dentist, we pride ourselves in the personal attention and premium dental care we provide to each of our patients. We understand that visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people. We promise you that you will feel comfortable in our care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.
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