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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.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Many reasons: I assume you meant the jaw bone around the teeth. There can be many reasons, gum disease, periodontal diseases, trauma, pathology like a cyst/tumor, infection of the teeth, poor or defective fillings/crowns and poor oral hygiene.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 23 years experience
Gum disease: Bone loss can occur local over a small area of several or one tooth, or generalized over a large area/full mouth. The bacterial invasion/colonization and the patient inflammatory reaction detemine the extent of bone loss. When those factors is localized and acute, more vertical bone loss will occur. When those factors is generalized and chronic, the bone loss eventually becomes horizontal.

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