Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Today’s post looks at bone recession. Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other problems. However, it is generally the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus required for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the detrimental infection.

Gum infections can proceed undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if required.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte provides general and cosmetic dentistry, including dental implants. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273

 

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Eating Got You Down?

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Anyone with missing teeth knows chewing can be problematic and painful. If you are looking at the cost of dental implants and feel uncertain about whether this is the step you ought to take, come see The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte.

Dental implants are usually the best permanent tooth replacement for men and women whose missing teeth make it hard to chew and eat.

Improving a smile cosmetically beyond just functional needs can also be discussed during an informative consultation. The Steele Creek Dentist offers dependable advice about restoring your smile while still keeping it comfortable in the pocket book. Come consider the possibilities, including the cost of cosmetic dental smile makeovers.

If you have missing teeth, come see The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte to find out about dental implants. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Carlotte, North Carolina
28273

 


Missing Teeth and Dental Implants in Charlotte

It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by attaching an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but over the last half century it has become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte.

A dental implant refers not to the artificial tooth, but to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw. The post goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. This is one of the great benefits of implants. An artificial tooth sits on top of the post.

Once the procedure is complete, a dental implant look and function like a natural tooth. A bridge used to be the only real option for people who wanted to replace a missing tooth. Not anymore. The American Dental Association says that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry.

Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from dental implants. New, permanent styles of dentures can be supported in the jaw by implants. They are far more secure than traditional dentures.

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Call us at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte to see if you are a viable candidate. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:

704-461-0143

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4815 Berewick Town Center Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina
28273