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A 38-year-old member asked:

what causes horizontal vs vertical bone loss?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let me explain: A form of bone loss secondary to periodontal disease. This form of bone loss is more generalized than vertical bone loss and is characterized by the loss in height of the four walls surrounding the tooth roots. It may affect only the nearby teeth or may involve the entire dental arch.
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Can't answer: In general with osteoporosis bone loss you lose bone density in both the horizontal struts and the vertical trabeculae. The cause of the bone loss, the resorption canals are in all of the trabecular bones horizontal and vertical. Normal bone turnover does this also but in osteoporosis these resorption canals are increased in number and this leads to increased the bone loss.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
Dentistry 23 years experience
Chronic vs. acute: Horizontal bone loss (hbl) usually associated with chronic condition of periodontitis. Vertical bone loss (vbl) usually associated with acute condition of periodontitis. Hbl sometimes reflects the equilibrium establishment between host factors and bacterial products. Vbl reflects an active lesion in favor of bone and attachment destruction. Vbl can be treated with bone graft, hbl cannot.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of bone loss.?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Varies: Bone loss features can vary. People may be asymptomatic to painful if associated with bone fractures. Bone mineral density (bmd) testing looks at bone quantitative amount. It does not determine bone quality. The quantity and quality of bone determine strength. Bone loss may be prevented/treated by bisphosphonates, denosumab, impact exercise, calcium, vitamin d.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Are there things I can do myself to treat bone loss?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Make sure that your daily calcium and vitamin d ingestion meets the recommended requirements. Additionally, weight bearing or anti-gravitational exercise such as walking is a good way to prevent further bone loss and stimulate new bone formation.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What's it mean to have bone loss?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Less bone: We build and lose bone everyday. We build more than we lose until we're around 30 years old. Then we start losing more than we build. Over time, this leads to osteopenia, then osteoporosis, which increases the risk of fracture.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of oral bone loss==grinding?

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Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Gum disease or: Gum disease and osteoporosis can cause oral bone loss.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What can cause vertical and horizontal bone loss?

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Lots...: Bone loss can be from poor oral habits, heredity, drug induced, dental restorations and even age. Nobody wants bone loss but some may be inevitable. You would need a full examine to determine the type of bone loss and what can be causing it. Really very simple once you get going.

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