Seniors Guide to Dentistry: Uneven Jawbone

Over the course of our lives, we put our teeth through a wide variety of experiences, from common eating and drinking to injuries from impact, grinding, and more. While dental hygiene can help to maintain our teeth over a long period of time, there are some risks that we can’t entirely mitigate, no matter how hard we try.

The Problem

As we age, there is an increased likelihood that we will lose one or many teeth along the way. When we lose teeth without replacing them, it can lead to the deterioration of our jawbone around those teeth if the problem isn’t corrected. As the jawbone weakens and fades, it leads to an uneven jawbone. An uneven or weak jawbone can cause serious problems and expose patients to greater risk of severe fracture. Weak jawbones can also cause teeth to lose their support, leading to a higher rate of missing teeth, which further deepens the problem.

The Solution

When patients get teeth pulled or have missing teeth, the most common treatments are dental implants and dentures. While dentures are certainly appropriate for some patients, dental implants are an excellent choice for almost any patient with missing teeth. With a long life and a very high success rate, dental implants are very similar to real teeth in form and function.

If you have any questions about missing teeth, dental implants, or your jawbone, or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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