Facial Changes from Bone Loss
At Periodontal Specialists we focus on maintaining the gum and bone support around teeth. When teeth are removed the bone is quickly lost, and this makes support for a denture difficult. Bone loss over time also makes it more difficult to support dentures with implants or to replace missing teeth with implants. This is true in both the upper and lower jaws.
Just as important as what your dentist and we as periodontists see inside your mouth, are the facial changes from bone loss. Besides the role of teeth in chewing, our teeth and jaw bone also support facial muscles. Losing our teeth causes a collapse in facial support, makes eating more difficult, and gives us an older appearance.
As periodontists working with your general dentist, we have numerous options for preserving your teeth or replacing missing teeth with the aid of implants.