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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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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.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is frequently the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus required for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
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 keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root 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. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prohibit bone recession.

Gum Infection
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 dangerous 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. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increase the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
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 extraction, if required.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, 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 really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

I’m Dr. Michael Tornow of Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington. 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 prohibit further recession. Call 505-985-5626 to make an appointment for an informative exam and consult.

I pride myself in the personal attention and first rate dental care I provide to each of my patients. I understand that visiting a dentist can cause anxiety for some people. I promise you that you will feel comfortable in my care and leave the appointment with accurate information and an individualized treatment plan.

Contact Sundance Dental & Orthodontics:

505-985-5626

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6588 E Main St
Farmington, New Mexico
87402

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Sundance Dental & Orthodontics Sundance Dental & Orthodontics offers a wide range of dental services at eight different locations throughout Farmington, Rio Rancho, and Bloomfield NM. As New Mexico's leader in high tech dentistry we offer cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants, orthodontics and more! Call today to schedule an appointment or learn more! Dr. Michael Tornow Farmington, Rio Rancho, Bloomfield
Sundance Dental Care of Farmington 505-326-6800
6588 E Main St Farmington NM 87402
Sundance Dental Care of Kirtland 505-598-6800
3 Road 6253 Kirtland NM 87417
Sundance Dental Care of Bloomfield 505-632-3344
100 S 1st St Bloomfield NM 87413
Sundance Dental Care of Rio Rancho 505-891-0554
770 Broadmoor Blvd NE Rio Rancho NM 87124
Sundance Dental Care of Gallup 505-722-4422
1601 S 2nd St Gallup NM 87301
Sundance Dental Care of 30th St 505-327-9161
800 E 30th St Ste 3 Farmington NM 87401
Sundance Dental Care of Cortez 970-459-1314
111 Sligo St, Bldg A Cortez CO 81321
Sundance Dental Care of Grants 505-972-3000
920 Lobo Canyon Rd Ste 6 Grants NM 87020
Sundance Dental Kids 505-278-8806
3903 Beckland Drive Suite B Farmington NM 87402