Posted on 8/10/2019 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
|Bone resorption is s serious condition that can cause a variety of different problems. Bone resorption is something that can occur with age or it is something associated with lost or missing teeth.
The problem is that bone resorption does not happen overnight. It is a slow process that many people fail to notice until it is too late to do anything about it. If you do not want to suffer from problems associated with bone resorption, you need to learn some of the signs that it is happening.
Reasons for Bone ResorptionOne of the ways to tell if you are dealing with bone resorption is to learn the reasons why it happens. The first reason is the aging process. As you get older, you will not generate as much bone tissue as you did when you were younger. The result is the possibility of bone resorption in your jaw.
The second and more important reason for bone resorption is when you have lost or missing teeth. Without the teeth in place, there is nothing stimulating the growth of bone tissue in the jaw. Instead of naturally replenishing the bone like it does when healthy teeth are in place, the bone stops growing at all and begins to shrink instead.
Signs of Bone ResorptionBone resorption occurs over a relatively long period of time. That makes it hard for people to notice that it happens. The visual signs of bone resorption are simply a loss of bone mass in the mouth. Unless you have lost or are missing teeth, you may not notice it is happening. Anyone that has lost teeth and has not done anything to replace the teeth is probably going to deal with bone resorption. You can do a visual check of the areas around the missing teeth to look for signs that the bone is starting to disappear.
There are treatment options for bone resorption. If you don't notice the signs, it is possible that we will do it during your regular checkups with the help of x-rays.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.