You’re watching the Cardinals game and you see the other team’s offense simply break down. You’ve been watching long enough that you can see everything happen step by step: the snap is slow, the offensive line can’t block fast enough, and this doesn’t give the left tackle enough time to get into position to protect the quarterback. Everything topples like dominoes. Unfortunately, this same kind of breakdown can happen to your teeth when you’re dealing with dental bone loss. One lost tooth can lead to another. The team at Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry want you to know how dental implants can help reverse dental bone loss.
What Causes Dental Bone Loss?
Your jawbone is very important when it comes to your teeth. Not only does it provide the motion and the strength they need to chew, but they also support your teeth and hold them in place. When this bone begins to diminish, it can lead to a downward spiral for your oral health. Diseases such as type II diabetes, periodontitis (severe gum disease), and osteoporosis have been shown to be leading causes of bone loss. Even lost teeth can contribute to this. These conditions limit the amount of blood flow the body sends to the jaw. As the blood flow slows down, the jaw slowly begins to degrade, which means the base of your teeth becomes compromised. At this point they easily become loose and start to fall out, which can only lead to more bone loss and therefore more lost teeth.
How Can I Prevent Dental Bone Loss?
A consistent oral hygiene routine is one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy as well as preserve your dental bone. This stops the breakdown before it can even start. Regular visits to the dentist in Glendale are also an important part of this to help spot issues before they come too advanced. Issues such as gum disease often don’t show very obvious symptoms until it is too late. You can also make sure to include calcium rich foods in your diet, such as milk, yogurt, cheese, and spinach. People who suffer from osteoporosis may choose to supplement their diet with calcium supplements.
How Dental Implants Can Help Reverse It
Once you have lost multiple teeth, the jaw can naturally start to atrophy. This process can be reversed through the use of dental implants. They can accomplish this because they replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. This new root not only serves to support the new tooth, but also helps stimulate healthy blood flow to the surrounding bone and soft tissue. This occurs because the bio-compatible titanium used in the root signals the body that there is a tooth to support, so it naturally tries to improve the surrounding area.
What Should I Do?
If you are experiencing dental bone loss or want to replace missing teeth, you should come visit Dr. Steele or Dr. Halliday. That way they can assess your personal situation and figure out what steps can be taken to prevent your bone loss. No matter what situation is leading to your dental bone loss, we know we can figure out the best way to take care of you.