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What can cause vertical and horizontal bone loss?

What can cause vertical and horizontal bone loss?

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. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Vertical tooth bone loss can be grafted but horizontal bone loss cannot be grafted. Can you explain this out to me?

Vertical tooth bone loss can be grafted but horizontal bone loss cannot be grafted. Can you explain this out to me?

Blood supply : If you have a vertical defect it is easier to get bone regeneration than horizontal because there is more blood supply available to nourish the bone graft there usually more walls in a vertical defect to provide blood you can get horizontal bone regeneration but it isn't as predictable as vertical good question. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate management of periodontal disease where there is horizontal bone loss and vertical bone loss?

What is the appropriate management of periodontal disease where there is horizontal bone loss and vertical bone loss?

You NEED a Dentist: There is absolutely no way for you to take care of this condition yourself. You need professional dental care. Maybe even a periodontist (gum/bone specialist). Also, you need on-going care for the rest of your life, since there is no "cure" for this condition yet. It can be improved and maintained, but it requires immediate, assertive, and on-going professional care. Without that, bye bye teeth. ...Read more

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Tips of all my lower teeth make too much contact with the upper inside of my upper teeth. Horizontal bone loss and recession due to this? How likely?

Tips of all my lower teeth make too much contact with the upper inside of my upper teeth. Horizontal bone loss  and recession due to this? How likely?

It's a possibility: Bone loss and recession could be result of different and some times a combination of problems. For example gum disease with secondary occlusal trauma. You need to see a dentist, prosthodontist or a periodontist ...Read more

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I know what lanap is but what is bone debridement, in laymans terms. Have horizontal bone loss. Please explain? Also, cannot have implants?

I know what lanap is but what is bone debridement, in laymans terms. Have horizontal bone loss. Please explain? Also, cannot have implants?

Debridement: Debridement is to remove anything that may be contributing to your gum disease. Toxins on the root surface of the tooth, infection in the soft tissue, infection and/or pus that may have infiltrated the bone. ...Read more

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Can you give any guess as to what is causing my horizontal bone loss in parts of my mouth? Non-smoker, per visits 4 x's year, good oral hygiene.

Can you give any guess as to what is causing my horizontal bone loss in parts of my mouth? Non-smoker, per visits 4 x's year, good oral hygiene.

Periodontal disease: There are many factors that contribute to bone loss around your teeth for example: smoking diabetes poor oral hygiene stress heredity crooked teeth underlying immuno-deficiencies fillings that are defective taking medications that cause dry mouth bridges that don't fit properly female hormonal changes. ...Read more

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My gums do not bleed upon flossing, brushing, using a sulcabrush but I have horizontal bone loss. I do not understand why this is. Probable causes?

My gums do not bleed upon flossing, brushing, using a sulcabrush but I have horizontal bone loss. I do not understand why this is. Probable causes?

History: Although it sounds as if your oral hygeine habits are quite good presently, the fact remains that at some point of your past, periodontal bone loss occured. Localized juvenile periodontitis may begin in adolescence. Once it starts, it is difficult to manage. Even the greatest of care won't undue the damage in later years. But take heart, it sounds as if you are doing everything correctly- now. ...Read more

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Does horizontal bone loss around tooth always require root canal treatment?

Does horizontal bone loss around tooth always require root canal treatment?

No: Horizontal bone loss is a periodontal or gum problem. That is not treated with "root canals". You should see a dentist or periodontist to determine why you are losing bone. ...Read more

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What causes horizontal vs vertical bone loss?

What causes horizontal vs vertical bone loss?

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. ...Read more

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What can be done for bone loss?

What can be done for bone loss?

Find the cause: The appropriate treatment depends on the cause of the bone loss. More information is needed. In the meantime, make sure you are getting adequate amount of calcium and vit d from your diet. ...Read more

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Bone Loss (Definition)

Bone loss implies something is lost. What is lost for a multitude of reasons is amount of calcium that gets into the bone matrix. The less calcium in the bones the less bone mass and the higher ...Read more