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Three teeth have been extract from the lower jaw, I plan on having inplants if there is no bone loss how long should I wait before I have a cbct scan?

Three teeth have been extract from the lower jaw, I plan on having inplants if there is no bone loss how long should I wait before I have a cbct scan?

About 3 months: Hopefully your dentist/surgeon grafted the sockets of your extracted teeth. Bone will usually begin to remodel almost immediately. If the sockets were not grafted then there is a good chance you will lose bone height and volume when it is healed enough to do the scan. If you lose too much bone you may not be able to have implants placed without an additional surgery to replace it. ...Read more

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Can you have a dental bridge in the lower jaw first molar when there's bone loss in the gap of missing tooth?

Can you have a dental bridge in the lower jaw first molar when there's bone loss in the gap of missing tooth?

Yes you can: Replace missing tooth with bone loss. In this case the fix bridge with sanitary pontic (a pontic which does not touch the edentulous ridge) is recommended. ...Read more

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Dental implant related to jaw bone loss?

Dental implant related to jaw bone loss?

Not Usually: Dental implants actually prevent bone loss as long as they are placed correctly, restored correctly and you have no other underlying medical issues. That being said, if the implant is not restored correctly and there is too much lateral force placed on it, you can actually get bone loss. ...Read more

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How do you know if you break or you have broken your lower jaw bone? What are the clues that you break it? What are the clues you have broken it?

How do you know if you break or you have broken your lower jaw bone? What are the clues that you break it? What are the clues you have broken it?

Irregular bite: Often times with a lower jaw, mandibular, fracture, there are several common symptoms. These include but are not limited to an irregular bite, tears in the gum, gingival, tissue, and numbness of the lower face. Due to the significant risk of serious infection, you should be evaluated by your nearest emergency department. ...Read more

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If you press your lower jaw bone (under your lower jaw bone you press up) hard enough to hurt, does it mean you broke the bone? Please be specific.

If you press your lower jaw bone (under your lower jaw bone you press up) hard enough to hurt, does it mean you broke the bone? Please be specific.

Not necessarily: It usually takes a very significant blow to break the mandible (jaw bone). Tenderness on that bone when you push on it does not prove you broke it. Signs of a broken mandible include a "mis-fitting" of the teeth after the trauma which causes the fracture. ...Read more

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Do bone cysts in the lower jaw bone go away in children?

Do bone cysts in the lower jaw bone go away in children?

Bony cysts: Bony cysts in children can go away on their own. However, they should be monitored because the lower jaw may be weakened. ...Read more

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So if you place one finger under your lower jaw bone and you press up which touch the bone, will it break?

So if you place one finger under your lower jaw bone and you press up which touch the bone, will it break?

Jaw bone: Although uncomfortable, it would be very unlikely to break your jaw bone by pressing on it. On the other hand if someone socks you in the jaw, it can be fractured or dislocated. ...Read more

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I think I have an infection in onw of my glands under my lower jaw bone, I get them from time to time on both sideof face, is this serious, cancerous?

I think I have an infection in onw of my glands under my lower jaw bone, I get them from time to time on both sideof face, is this serious, cancerous?

Need brief time: Any time enlarged lymph nodes in the neck is a concern at any age, till the cause is established, more often it is is due to infection in pro-pharygeal cavity less often is due to head & neck cancers, and lymphomas, let your doctor check you ...Read more

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Today I found a lump on my chin. It's on the underside, on what I guess would be my lower jaw bone, right on the center of the bone. It feels bruised?

Today I found a lump on my chin. It's on the underside, on what I guess would be my lower jaw bone, right on the center of the bone. It feels bruised?

This could be an: Enlarged lymph node (a cyst is also a possibility) - if not resolving within several weeks or if it becomes red, hot, more enlarged or tender - seek medical attention. ...Read more

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If you fracture or break your lower jaw bone. Does the appearance look different? Please explain and be specific.

If you fracture or break your lower jaw bone. Does the appearance look different? Please explain and be specific.

Jaw fracture: It depends upon the nature of the break. If it is displaced or non displaced. If the healing fracture line causes callus formation or not. There are many variables and it is not a cut and dry answer. I hope this leads you in the right direction. ...Read more

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I am hearing that a dental implants takes as long as 6 months to properly osseointegrate into an upper jaw bone vs. Around 3 months for lower jaw. Yes?

I am hearing that a dental implants takes as long as 6 months to properly osseointegrate into an upper jaw bone vs. Around 3 months for lower jaw. Yes?

It's true: The healing time depends on the actual dental implant procedure performed, the surgical approach used and implant location (lower vs upper jaw). However, most cases require a healing period of 3 to 6 months before the prosthetic restoration can be finalized. ...Read more

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Woke up with a really swollen cheek with pain at the back by my jaw, and lower jaw bone pain, no toothache or gum tenderness, pain when I open to eat?

Woke up with a really swollen cheek with pain at the back by my jaw, and lower jaw bone pain, no toothache or gum tenderness, pain when I open to eat?

You need to be seen: Go see your dentist or ask for a referral to an endodontist or oral surgeon. The onset of swelling is suggestive of infection, and pain with opening might mean the infection has spread to the jaw joint space. Leaving it alone could result in progression that becomes serious quite quickly. If it is a tooth problem, your dentist can help point you in the right direction. ...Read more

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Will partial dentures decrease the chances of bone loss in the jaw?

Unlikely: As long as you have missing teeth, the bone will "melt away" wherever there is tooth loss.
Furthermore, partial dentures break your existing teeth as they are held in by metal clasps that hook around your teeth. It is just a matter of time before the teeth break. Consider dental implants. ...Read more

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Should I worry about bone loss in my jaw?

Should I worry about bone loss in my jaw?

YES: The most common cause of bone loss in the jaw is from periodontal (gum) disease. This is treatable and if it is not, it can lead to loss of all your teeth and dentures. ...Read more

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Do I need to worry about bone loss in my jaw from bruxism from 25 to 65?

Do I need to worry about bone loss in my jaw from bruxism from 25 to 65?

Yes: Uncontrolled bruxism can result in significant bone loss and resiltant tooth loss. Think about how we loosen a fence post fro the soil ar a beach umbrella from the sand --- we rock it back and forth. This is what you are doing to your teeth. Not age specific. I have patients in their 20's show up with wear normally seen in 40 year old patients. You can still wear down your teeth well past 65. ...Read more

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Is bone grafting recommended when someone has lost bone across his entire jaw? Or is it warranted only when the bone loss is localized?

Is bone grafting recommended when someone has lost bone across his entire jaw? Or is it warranted only when the bone loss is localized?

No two: No two people have the same requirements. You need to be seen by a gum/bone specialist who is best able to evaluate the extent and severity of your gum disease, and help you choose the right treatment. ...Read more

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My left front tooth is loose will this lead to bone loss in the jaw, do loose teeth lead to bone loss?

My left front tooth is loose will this lead to bone loss in the jaw, do loose teeth lead to bone loss?

Other way around: Loose permanent teeth, in the absence of trauma, are caused by bone loss. This is usually secondary to periodontal disease, and if caught early can be treated and stabilized. Please have an evaluation by your general dentist and ask if referral to a periodontist is advisable. ...Read more

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What are the causes of jaw abscess/bone loss and subsequent tooth death, with no trauma, cracking, etc?

What are the causes of jaw abscess/bone loss and subsequent tooth death, with no trauma, cracking, etc?

Periodontal disease: A slow tooth death usually is a result of periodontal disease. A fast tooth death usually is a result of a carries spreading into the nerve. These are common reason for tooth death, barring any trauma, cracking, etc... See your dentist and have your oral health exam. ...Read more

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If you have bone loss in a jaw joint due to TMJ, can the bone loss be reversed or undone? Can the jaw joint be made healthy and normal again?

If you have bone loss in a jaw joint due to TMJ, can the bone loss be reversed or undone? Can the jaw joint be made healthy and normal again?

See an OFP: Condylar remodeling is a physiologic process that aims to adapt the structure of TMJ to meet the functional demands. No surgery is needed. See an Orofacial Pain doctor for evaluation and conservative and predictable treatment. ...Read more

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If I have a tooth infection or gum infection, how long could it take to spread to jaw and cause bone loss? I have appointment saturday

If I have a tooth infection or gum infection, how long could it take to spread to jaw and cause bone loss? I have appointment saturday

See a dentist ASAP: Any other treatment is a temporary relief. A tooth infection won't go away without treatment. If the abscess doesn't drain, the infection may spread to cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head fast. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Should I get dentures or get my mouth fixed if I have bone loss in my jaw and am losing teeth?

Fixed, please: There's noting like your own natural dentition. Do whatever you can, within reason, to save your teeth. Sounds like you need a good general dentist or prosthodontist to quarterback your treatment, and the services of a periodontist to deal with your bone/gum issues. It's worth the fight to save them. Don't give up. ...Read more

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What to do if infected bone in the lower jaw/tooth area?

What to do if infected bone in the lower jaw/tooth area?

See your dentist: This infection will not resolve on its own with home care. The most common type of dental abscess is a tooth, and the second most common is a gum or combination of both tooth-gum abscess. In order to get appropriate treatment it is important to know the underlying cause for this infection. Rec.: see your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

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Help: I was diagnosed with infected bone in the lower jaw/tooth area?

Osteomylitis: Usually a course of antibiotics does the trick. Should resolve in 7 to 10 days. ...Read more

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I have been hit by many different type of balls like volleyballs at least five times. All happens at my left lower jaw. Will it break my bone? Explain

I have been hit by many different type of balls like volleyballs at least five times. All happens at my left lower jaw. Will it break my bone? Explain

Possibly: A hard enough blow can break (fracture) the jaw (mandible). To me, a fracture would be more likely if you were accidentally injured by your teammate's knee, elbow or head than by the volleyball. But I guess a direct blow from a hard serve could do it too. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Pain in lower jaw when mouth is opened pain goes to cheek bone area when opened wide

Pain in lower jaw when mouth is opened pain goes to cheek bone area when opened wide

Hello.: Hello. If this is a chronic problem you might want to see an oral surgeon to determine if you have temporomandibular joint disfunction or other dysfunction of the muscles or the jaw joint. ...Read more

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Bone Loss (Definition)

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