Why Your Jaw AbsorbsYour jaw holds the roots of your teeth. Without teeth, your body begins to believe that there is no need for your jaw, so the vitamins and minerals that were used to keep it strong and healthy begin to be delivered elsewhere throughout the body. This causes the jaw to become weak and absorb. Your jaw, then begins to change shape, shifting your teeth, and also affects the shape of your lips and cheeks, resulting in the sunken features often associated with aging.
Dental ImplantsOne option, possibly the best available, to prevent jaw absorption is dental implants. In this procedure, your dentist surgically implants titanium rods into your jaw, which act as tooth roots to hold false teeth in place. These implants fuse to the bone and slow, even stop, bone loss. In turn, it also helps prevent your teeth from shifting.
In order for implants to be successful, your jaw first needs to have sufficient bone mass. Otherwise, the implant will be loose or not even fuse at all. If you have been missing a tooth for a long time, other procedures may first be required.
Bone GraftA bone graft takes bone from other parts of your body, or from a donor, and places it into the areas where your jaw is missing bone. It rebuilds your jaw, adding strength and structure. Once healed, then implants can be considered.
Sinus Lift SurgeryYour upper jaw has less bone than your lower, especially in the back. If you have suffered tooth loss, and therefore bone loss, in this area, the maxillary sinus may be too close to the jaw for implants to be successful. A sinus lift surgery adds bone back to the upper jaw, and raises the sinus membrane to make room.
If you have suffered tooth loss, don't wait. Contact our office today to discuss your options to prevent jaw absorption.