Reasons for Jawbone Loss and Deterioration

The following are the most common causes for jawbone deterioration and loss that may require a bone grafting procedure:

  • Tooth extractions. When a tooth is extracted and is not replaced, the jawbone is no longer stimulated by the tooth root. Because the jawbone is no longer stimulated, it begins to deteriorate.
  • Periodontal disease. This disease, which is also called gum disease, attacks the jawbone in its advanced stages. The resulting loss of bone structure can cause the loosening and loss of teeth.
  • Dentures/bridgework. When a denture or a bridge is not anchored by dental implants, the tooth root is not replaced. Because of this, there is nothing to stimulate the jawbone and keep it in good health.
  • Trauma. When a tooth is knocked out, the jawbone is no longer stimulated. Because of this, bone loss occurs.
  • Misalignment. When the teeth are misaligned, some teeth may not have an opposing tooth structure. The unopposed tooth or teeth can over-erupt, which causes deterioration of the jawbone.
  • Osteomyelitis. This is a bacterial infection in the bone and bone marrow of the jaw.
  • Tumors. If a tumor grows large, it may require the removal of part of the jaw.
  • Developmental deformities. Birth defects may manifest in missing teeth or parts of teeth or portions of the jaw.
  • Sinus deficiencies. The sinuses can become enlarged when molars are removed from the upper jaw, causing the loss of jawbone.

Please contact Village Pointe Oral Surgery today to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon, Dr. Michael Shnayder, and to learn more about treatment for jawbone loss in Omaha, Nebraska.