The Importance of Jawbone Health

You rely on your jaw for so many ordinary daily movements that it’s hard to imagine how you’d get along with it. 

Our team of maxillofacial surgeons and dental experts at Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands in Texas explain the lesser known complications linked to a deteriorating jawbone and how we can help when things go wrong.

Why jawbone health is so important

Your jawbone falls under the use-it-or-lose-it category. It regenerates and thrives every time you apply pressure by biting or chewing food. If you were to go on a liquid-only diet, over time your jaw would begin to atrophy from lack of use. 

Similarly, if you lose a tooth or several teeth, the lack of pressure in that spot would cause the same reaction. Your jawbone would assume it’s no longer needed, and your body would begin to absorb the bone tissue.

Unfortunately, you might not realize this is taking place until you suffer severe damage. The consequences of a deteriorating jawbone include:

Of course, tooth loss is only one of many causes of jawbone problems. Misalignment of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most common types of musculoskeletal pain, second only lower back pain. 

Infections, malformations, and fractures can all affect the health and proper functioning of your jaw.

Treatment for jawbone problems

The best way to prevent jawbone atrophy related to tooth loss is to get a dental implant to replace the missing tooth. In this procedure, we anchor a titanium post into your jawbone, replicating the missing root. 

An abutment tops the post, and a crown tops the abutment. The pressure applied when you chew matches the force of your former natural tooth and stimulates healthy jawbone growth within.

If you’ve already lost too much of your natural jawbone, we may perform a bone graft to fortify your jawbone and strengthen the foundation so it’s able to receive a dental implant. 

In the case of structural jawbone problems, we perform orthognathic surgery to correct the architecture of your jaw. We use advanced technology, including 3D digital imaging and virtual models to precisely guide our instruments and allow you to see the end result. 

This may involve repositioning your jaw, stabilizing it with plates and/or screws, correcting protruding jawbones, and improving overall function and aesthetics.

If you’re suffering from jaw pain, a misaligned bite, or missing teeth, you may need specialized care for your jawbone. See us at Oral Facial Surgery Specialists for an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan. Request an appointment online or call us at 281-223-1096.

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