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Consequences of Bone Deterioration


woman smilingTooth loss can cause several frustrations that you may be aware of, such as difficulty in chewing, or embarrassment in how it looks. What you may not be aware of is the problems that can occur with your bone. Our mouth relies on a bridgework of bone, root and supporting gum tissue to hold our teeth firmly in place. When any of these structures are disrupted, it can be disastrous for both the tooth and the neighboring teeth. At Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, we can prevent bone deterioration and even rebuild bone when needed. Our team can help you have better oral health.

Bone deterioration and bone loss occur from both disease and missing teeth. Both of these issues can severely impact the health of your bone.
•  Bone Loss Due to Disease: Disease, such as advanced gum disease, known as chronic periodontitis, eats away at bone as the bacterial infection rages. As the disease continues to advance, it will destroy bone and ligaments, eventually causing the loss of teeth. This may sound extreme, but it is often the culprit for most tooth loss in adults. We need to stop the infection and then rebuild the area to prevent further loss.
Bone Loss Due to Atrophy: When a tooth is lost, bone material is quick to respond with atrophy. Your bone requires movement and motion to stay robust. When bone is inactive the bone naturally pulls in the resources and the amount of bone in that area decreases. This loss may not seem obvious with a single missing tooth, but after a patient loses a few teeth, their facial shape may physically change in appearance, often giving what we have come to think of as an older appearance.

A decrease in bone can be problematic for neighboring teeth, it can affect your ability to chew properly, and it can alter your facial shape. We can help rebuild and restore your bone through the use of a bone graft procedure and the placement of dental implants.

Bone Graft


A bone graft may sound intimidating, but the process is actually quite simple. Depending on the restoration work being done, we may collect tiny particles of your own bone, or use bone that is donated or synthetic. A bone graft procedure is completed in our office often with simply a local anesthetic for pain. Once the patient is comfortable, we open the tissue to expose the bone and place the particles of bone. We then suture the tissue closed. The real work is what your body will then do with the bone particles we placed. The process of growing bone can take many months. Your body responds to these grafted bone particles by growing new bone. Once sufficient bone has grown we can then proceed in the next restoration step, which often involves a dental implant.

Dental Implant


A dental implant is a device we use to mimic the work of a tooth root. When sufficient bone has been established, we can then surgically embed the implant into the robust bone. The implant will serve as a firm post in the jawbone to place a dental prosthetic.

The consequences of bone deterioration are decreased bone to support your teeth and facial shape. If you are battling gum disease, feel loose teeth, or have experienced tooth loss, we can help.


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