The Importance of Teeth for Jaw Bone Health
Missing teeth can lead to bone loss at the site over time and jaw bone loss can lead to more complications, not only with your appearance but in terms of your overall health.
You can experience pain, problems with your remaining teeth, an altered facial appearance, and over time this will eventually lead to the inability to speak and/or eat normally. This same process correlates to the way that muscles need to be exercised in order to maintain mass. When teeth are missing, the alveolar bone, or the portion of the jaw bone that anchors the teeth into the mouth, is unable to receive the stimulation it needs and over a period of time begins to break down and since the body no longer uses or needs the jaw bone, it deteriorates.
Consequences of tooth and jaw bone loss
Below are some of the potential consequences with tooth and jaw bone loss:
- Problems with remaining teeth, including misalignment, drifting, loosening, and loss
- A collapsed facial profile
- Decreased support for your lip
- Skin wrinkling around the mouth
- Distortion of other facial features
- Jaw pain (Temporomandibular joint, TMJ), facial pain, and headaches
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Inadequate nutrition as a result of the inability to chew properly and painlessly
- Sinus expansion.