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What Causes Jawbone Deterioration?

Posted on 4/24/2023 by Joseph Kabaklian DDS
What Causes Jawbone Deterioration?A strong jawline contributes to overall oral health. The jawbone supports the natural teeth and maintains facial structures that allow you to speak and eat properly. When your jawbone deteriorates, you may experience problems with the remaining teeth or distortion of facial features. Jawbone loss can occur due to various reasons, such as:

Teeth Extraction

Teeth are vital in maintaining the thickness and strength of the jawbone. The teeth roots help to stimulate the alveolar bone, a section of the jawbone surrounding the teeth. Due to stimulation, the body sends essential nutrients to the jawbone, encouraging growth. However, when a tooth is lost, stimulation stops. After some time, the body will stop sending calcium and nutrients to the area of the missing tooth, causing the bone to deteriorate slowly.

Gum Diseases

Gums diseases involve the progression of an infection that can cause damage to the soft tissues supporting the teeth. In severe cases (periodontitis), the gum disease will begin to eat away the bone tissues and gums, resulting in bone loss.


Injury and trauma can also cause jawbone loss. After an accident, you may lose your teeth. As you are aware, jawbone stimulation stops when there is a missing tooth, which later results in jawbone deterioration. Luckily, a bone graft can reverse the effects of bone loss. It helps to promote new bone growth after a trauma or injury.

Jaw Misalignment

Misalignment can affect the ability to chew properly. It can also make some teeth lose opposing tooth structure. Over time, the jawbone may deteriorate due to lack of stimulation. If left untreated, jawbone loss can lead to facial collapse. This may involve your mouth falling backward into the face, and the remaining teeth may shift out of place. You may also experience jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty speaking.

Besides, jawbone loss can lower the success of certain dental works, such as dental implants. In this case, it is best to allow a professional to treat your oral issues. Contact us to learn more about bone loss and how to prevent it.

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