The Importance of Teeth for Jaw Bone Health

Dr. Michael Shnayder is pleased to educate his patients about jawbone health in Omaha, Nebraska. As the muscles are maintained through exercise, so is the bone tissue maintained by use. The natural teeth have roots in the jawbone, which stimulate the jawbone when you chew or bite. If a tooth or teeth is missing, that section of the jawbone no longer receives the necessary stimulation. When this happens, the jawbone begins to break down or resorb. The loss of jawbone can lead to problems with your appearance and with your overall health. You may have pain, issues with your remaining teeth, a changed facial appearance, and the inability to eat and speak normally.

Potential Consequences of Tooth and Jawbone Loss

The loss of jawbone can lead to problems including:

  • Problems with remaining teeth like misalignment, drifting, loosening, and loss
  • Collapsed facial profile
  • Limited lip support
  • Wrinkling of skin around the mouth
  • Distortion of other facial features
  • Jaw (TMJ) pain, facial pain, and headaches
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Inadequate nutrition as a result of the inability to chew properly and painlessly
  • Sinus expansion

Contact Village Pointe Oral Surgery today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon.