Your jawbone health depends a great deal on the health and function of your teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, it will eventually lead to bone loss at the site of the missing tooth and will contribute to problems with your appearance as well as your oral and overall health. Our experienced dentist and team provide a number of treatments to improve your jawbone health so that you can enjoy a healthy and functional smile. Call Eastern Shore Oral, Facial and Implant Surgery Center at 251-333-1700 to find out more about jawbone health in Fairhope, Alabama, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Richard Cordero.
Your jawbone is maintained by use just as your muscles are maintained by exercise. Your teeth are anchored in supporting bone, and as you bite and chew, they stimulate your jawbone to keep it strong and healthy. Missing teeth mean that the bone in that area no longer receives this stimulation, and over time, it will resorb, or deteriorate, and gradually cause a loss of stability and function for your remaining teeth.
Problems that may occur as a result of bone and tooth loss include:
- A collapsed or altered facial profile.
- An inability to chew properly.
- Difficulty speaking and communicating.
- Distortion of other facial features
- Limited or no lip support
- Sinus expansion
- Skin wrinkling around the mouth
- TMJ (jaw joint) pain, facial pain and headaches
- Tooth misalignment, drifting, loosening and loss
To schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn how we can improve your jawbone health, call our team today.