Reducing Oral Bone Loss With A Dental Prosthetic
As in all things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This cannot be overstated when it comes to the underappreciated problem of oral bone-loss.
As a denturist, my job is to maximise the functionality, comfort, and longevity of my patients’ current oral conditions. This includes minimizing the effects of bone and tissue resorption (reabsorption into the body).
Effects of bone loss:
- Aesthetic changes including: sunken lower third of face, increased wrinkles, sagging skin (jowls), thinned lips.
- Increased risk of bone fractures and breaks.
- Limited oral prosthetic solutions available:
traditional dentures may not fit, making implants the only viable solution.
How to reduce bone loss:
- Keep natural teeth healthy and intact as long as possible.
- Talk to dental professional about replacing
missing teeth (2 or more) with an oral prosthetic as soon as possible. A denture-over-implants is best for bone retention for most patients.
- Ensure that your oral prosthetic fits well. Be sure to get relines every 2-3 years, and replace your denture every 5-7 years.
- Ask your oral health professional if you’ve experienced bone loss and what can be done to limit resorption.
Remember, bone NEEDS tension to thrive. If you lack natural teeth, your jaw will need pressure applied evenly from a well-fitting oral prosthetic in order to slow bone loss as much as possible. In my practice, I’ve witnessed that main cause of excessive bone loss in denture-wearing patients is from delaying recare and wearing an ill-fitting denture.
If you are missing two or more teeth or haven’t had your denture checked by a dental professional in over a year, book an appointment with your dentist or denturist,or call our office at 778-987-CARE (2273) to receive a complimentary consultation.fitting denture.