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A 29-year-old member asked:

how much is 50% periodontal bone loss?

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Dr. Andrew Rutman
Dentistry 39 years experience
Too much: If you are talking about 50% periodontal bone loss meaning half of your mouth, then it is a serious problem that should be treated by the general dentist or periodontist. If you are talking about 50% periodontal bone loss around a single tooth, that also needs to be treated, but at least it is an isolated problem. Either way, 50% bone loss is not something that should be ignored.
Dr. Stan Shih
Dentistry 18 years experience
Severe: When a dentist refers to 50% periodontal bone loss, they are generally seeing an area where half of the bone that was originally supporting a tooth has been destroyed. Sometimes this bone loss is localized (affecting 1or 2 teeth), but often it is "generalized" meaning that a similar amount of bone has been lost around several or all the teeth in the mouth.
Dr. David May
Dentistry 30 years experience
Severe: You used to 2x more tooth covered by bone than in your mouth. You now have 2x more tooth in your mouth than in your bone.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
Periodontics 24 years experience
Moderate: 50% bone loss likely means that bone has been lost to the middle third of the root. This would equate to a diagnosis of moderate severity. At 30 years old, 50% is way too much for you. You may have an aggressive form of periodontitis and should be seen by a specialist - a board certified periodontist.

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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.
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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 51-year-old member asked:

What symptoms suggest bone loss?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Usually none: Bone loss, which eventually leads to osteoporosis and osteopenia , does not cause symptoms. It does, however, increase the risk of fracture. A bone density test, or dxa, can determine if there is bone loss.
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's the safest way to treat bone loss?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Many options: First, find out the cause of the bone loss so you are not just treating the symptom instead of the cause. If you have osteopenia, make sure you maintain proper nutrition, keep active, do weight bearing exercises daily, take adequate calcium + vit d supplement (1200-1500 mg, 2000 iu vit d). If you have osteoporosis, do all above and a fda approved osteoporosis after discussion with your md/do.

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