The bone surrounding the teeth is called alveolar bone. It’s main job is to support the teeth and provide a substantial foundation for tooth roots. Normal mouth function maintains bone health. As you chew, it stimulates bone cells to consistently produce new bone.
What can cause alveolar bone loss?
When a tooth is removed, the bone at the extraction site is no longer necessary.
It’s not just that the root is gone, the forces of chewing no longer stimulate the bone at that site. First, the bone gets narrower. Then it gets shorter.
Studies have shown that a considerable amount of alveolar bone loss can take place within six weeks after an extraction.
Gingivitis is not just a problem with the soft tissues. The infection caused by periodontitis (advanced gum disease) can destroy alveolar bone. Advanced periodontal disease can result in the loss of teeth. The rate of bone loss caused by the periodontal disease may be accelerated when the tooth roots are gone.
Dental implants from Allen Park Dental Care help to prevent bone recession. Our patients come from Dearborn, Taylor, and Southgate for implants family dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!
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