Bone resorption is the process that occurs in your mouth when you have lost a tooth, or a tooth has been extracted. The area of the missing tooth will then start to experience bone resorption. In essence, this is when the bone will start to fade away and die. The main problem associated with this is the effect it can have on any remaining teeth you have or if you are a denture wearer. Your remaining teeth can start to become loose and eventually fall out in the worst case scenarios. If you have no teeth and you are wearing a denture, the affects can cause your once well fitted and snug denture to become loose and ill-fitting. In these cases, a denture reline may be required to ensure you can once again enjoy your denture.
How Quickly Does Bone Resorption Affect Me?
There is no straight answer for this as there are a number of factors that can affect the speed of bone resorption. The affects will vary from person to person – The longer you have had missing teeth though, the worse it can be, especially if you are one day considering getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth (as you will need sufficient bone).
How To Combat The Affects Of Bone Resorption?
Stabilising the jaw is an important aspect to help stop the affects of loosing bone. One of the best ways to do this can be through implant retained dentures. The implants will be placed in the jawbone and will fuse with the jaw, causing the jaw to stabilise. This will in turn hold your new teeth in place, allowing you to enjoy everyday life without having to worry about your teeth falling out at inappropriate times.
If you are in need of new teeth or would like to stabilise your current dentures, please do not hesitate to call us today and book your free consultation.