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How can you reverse bone loss in your teeth and gums?

How can you reverse bone loss in your teeth and gums?

One way street..: In general, bone that is lost through periodontal disease, bruxism, and aging cannot be reversed. It is gone forever. If you have certain periodontal defects, or need grafting for implant placement, there are procedures to help you. Speak to a local periodontist if you have bone loss to discuss your options. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Help! Can anything slow bone resorption after tooth loss?

Help! Can anything slow bone resorption after tooth loss?

Yes...: The placement of an implant. The bone resorbs over time because it is not being stimulated. Placement of an implant in a healed extraction site will stimulate the bone and actually make it more dense as the implant and crown are brought into function. ...Read more

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How much bone loss around teeth is considered normal? Do I start losing teeth right after some bone loss?

How much bone loss around teeth is considered normal? Do I start losing teeth right after some bone loss?

Bone loss: Bone loss is not normal. Seek a complete explanation, prevention and treatment with your own dentist (or Periodontist) and do not rely on internet searches or even this website for a comprehensive discussion of the subject. ...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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About what percent of lower front teeth bone loss is there before a tooth becomes loose and requires extraction?

About what percent of lower front teeth bone loss is there before a tooth becomes loose and requires extraction?

Depends-which teeth?: Think of the root as shaped like an ice cream cone. Hold the cone with two hands all the way up to the scoop. Now take away the top hand. How much control remains? Same thing in the mouth, I have seen front tooth cases with almost 90% vertical bone loss survive. Multi- rooted/molar teeth? Poorer prognosis. Ask your dentist for a qualified referral if s/he not able to provide treatment. ...Read more

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Teeth gum problems my teeth all are just messed up. I have bone loss and bad gums. Iam 42 and just want to cap them all. Can that be done. And if so what's the expense

Teeth gum problems my teeth all are just messed up. I have bone loss and bad gums. Iam 42 and just want to cap them all. Can that be done. And if so what's the expense

Yes if Teeth Stable: Regardless of the amount of bone loss, if the gum disease is stabilized and your teeth are not too loose, crowns can be done. If some teeth are hopeless, either implants or bridges may be a choice after having them taken out. Start by seeing a general dentist who can guide you and develop a full treatment plan. Crowns alone range from around $900-1300 each in Tucson, AZ, without insurance help. ...Read more

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Perio does not answer my #'s: can teeth grinding of a moderate kind lead to bone loss? Why do I have bone loss when sulcus can be perio maintained?

Teeth grinding: The way your teeth hit together is very important, and if it's off a bit, and particularly if you are a grinder at night, the trauma can cause bone loss in an otherwise healthy mouth. Get a nightguard appliance from your dds and wear it. ...Read more

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Can dentures help reduce bone loss in areas where teeth have been extracted?

Can dentures help reduce bone loss in areas where teeth have been extracted?

No: My collegue is correct. Alveolar bone is that part of the jawbone that surrounds and supports the teeth. When a tooth is lost, there is no need for alveolar bone and over time, it resorbs. In addition, the pressure of dentures causes even more bone loss! so it's a double whammy! ...Read more

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If you get a bit of bone loss from grinding your teeth is that periodontal disease?

If you get a bit of bone loss from grinding your teeth is that periodontal disease?

Yes: Any bone loss is a component of periodontal disease. You would be best served by seeing a gum/bone specialist, a Periodontist, before bone loss translates into tooth loss. Ask your primary Dentist for a referral. ...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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I have gum recession especially bottom teeth. Even though my gums may be healthy, I definitely have bone loss surrounding each tooth, right?

I have gum recession especially bottom teeth. Even though my gums may be healthy, I definitely have bone loss surrounding each tooth, right?

Possibly/like;y: Depending on the amount of recession, there may or may not be bone involved. Gum diseases (periodontitis) is possible. Bone loss and recession often occur bio-mechanically; produced by force applied to teeth. Bruxing, clenching and grinding the teeth is a common cause, get it checked out by a dentist asap. ...Read more

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What is the #1 most effective periodontal operation a patient can have so that there is no further bone loss leading to loose and lost teeth?

What is the #1 most effective periodontal operation a patient can have so that there is no further bone loss leading to loose and lost teeth?

None: The success rate after perio surgery is dependent on several factors. Great home care, maintainence visits w your periodontist, good nutrition, and no smoking!
you invested in the work, now invest in longevity! ...Read more

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1month ago, dentist told that ihad 3mm pockets but bone loss was not much to worry about. Inoticed today that 1of top teeth gum seems farther back

Recession?: What you describe sounds like gum recession which often results from brushing too hard. Most of the bone loss I see is tied to 6mm pockets or more; 3mm is "normal." Your specific case could be an exception, and your question can be best answered in person, and would only take a minute at your next exam. ...Read more

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Can I get braces with bone loss. Think my overbite could be causing front teeth to be loose?

Can I get braces with bone loss. Think my overbite could be causing front teeth to be loose?

Yes: However, it is imperative that the periodontal disease (bone loss) be treated so that you are in good periodontal health and in a maintainable level of periodontal health. See a periodontist before beginning the orthodontic therapy. I can provide you with a local good periodontist via e-mail (dhschneid@gmail. Com). ...Read more

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If I have moderate-to-severe dental gum recession (bottom front teeth) I probably have moderate bone loss, as well?

If I have moderate-to-severe dental gum recession (bottom front teeth) I probably have moderate bone loss, as well?

Yes that is true.: Yes, moderate-severe gum recession is the result of moderate-severe bone loss in the area. The gum tissue can not exist with out the underlying support of the bone. If you did not also have the bone loss, then the bone with be exposed where the gum has receded. You need to see a periodontist every 2-4 months for continued follow up care. ...Read more

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I think one of my teeth has moved. Can no longer get floss between it, like before. Slightly receding gums. Has bone loss occurred? Should I worry?

I think one of my teeth has moved. Can no longer get floss between it, like before. Slightly receding gums. Has bone loss occurred? Should I worry?

Lots of questions: Hard to answer any of them without examining your teeth. Together with radiographs, your local dentist can diagnose any problems you may have and advise you of the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Two of my bottom front teeth are in a different position than when I was 15. I do have slightly receding gums. Would bone loss be the likely cause?

Possibly: Bone loss can allow teeth to shift. Shifting teeth can cause bone loss, especially if teeth move off of their bone support. If you notice a little shifting now, you will probably see a lot of shifting as time goes by. Please see an Orthodontic Specialist to evaluate the positions of your teeth and possible stabilization treatment options. Consultation with a Periodontist may also be indicated. ...Read more

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Trusted periodontist says that Lanap with periolase will not save last three upper left teeth since endo in nature with bone loss. What are options?

Trusted periodontist says that Lanap with periolase will not save last three upper left teeth since endo in nature with bone loss. What are options?

Safe and Predictable: Most likely an implant could work very well in this situation. With proper care and routine dental check-ups dental implants should last a lifetime. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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My front bottom teeth have changed position over past three years. (I've had bleeding gums since I was 12. My gums have receded a little.) Bone loss?

My front bottom teeth have changed position over past three years. (I've had bleeding gums since I was 12. My gums have receded a little.) Bone loss?

Gum disease: Is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. If left untreated, periodontal diseases can result in bad breath, red, swollen and bleeding gums and teeth loss. See your dentist for exam, x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you say if it could lack of protein create bone loss in your teeth?

Can you say if it could lack of protein create bone loss in your teeth?

Decalcification: Or loss of calcium in your teeth is what I think you are referring to. This is much more commonly associated with acidity in the mouth most commonly caused by bacterial metabolism of sugar or oral exposure to stomach acid. If extreme protein deficiency causes a change in oral acidity, it is possible but there are many more likely causes. ...Read more

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I'm worried about teeth shifting and potential bone loss after having a back molar extracted. How can I prevent them?

I'm worried about teeth shifting and potential bone loss after having a back molar extracted. How can I prevent them?

Tooth Dependent: If it was a wisdom tooth, no further Tx necessary. If it was any other tooth, the previous doctor's answer is right-on, the area should have been properly grafted and preparation for possible implant placement protocol followed. ...Read more

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Would you visibly be able to see bone loss in teeth? Bottom incisors have shifted and I'm worried that could be a cause. (I do have bleeding gums)

Would you visibly be able to see bone loss in teeth? Bottom incisors have shifted and I'm worried that could be a cause. (I do have bleeding gums)

Seek exam: You can't see bone loss with the naked eye, the bone is completely covered with gum tissue. If you are seeing gum recession, the underlying bone is receding. Bleeding is indication of gum disease (infection). Shifting is indication of bone loss. Please see your Dentist and ask if referral to a Periodontist is in order. You're too young to have all of these problems. ...Read more

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I have mild bone loss around my teeth from dental decay. What treatments or products can restore the bone level to normal, as if there was never loss?

I have mild bone loss around my teeth from dental decay. What treatments or products can restore the bone level to normal, as if there was never loss?

See a periodontist: Osseous surgery, addictive-reconstructive surgery restoring the alveolar bone to its original level. Ask your periodontist how to prevent gum disease and learn proper periodontal maintenance Take care. ...Read more

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If a person wears partial dentures but keeps some of their natural teeth, does this mean bone loss and sagging of the jawbone won't be as pronounced?

If a person wears partial dentures but keeps some of their natural teeth, does this mean bone loss and sagging of the jawbone won't be as pronounced?

Dentures & Bone: Bone will still be lost where the teeth were extracted. Without stimulus, the bone will atrophy. Having partials will help prevent the collapse of the vertical dimension which might be what you are asking. Nothing as good as your own teeth, the next best thing is implants. ...Read more

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1 week after a triple apicoectomy and double cysectomy. One cyst involved two teeth and had bone loss, so a graft was added. Should I wear my retainer?

1 week after a triple apicoectomy and double cysectomy. One cyst involved two teeth and had bone loss, so a graft was added. Should I wear my retainer?

Retainers after Surg: Retainers generally do not touch anywhere near the surgical site of apicoectomies and it should be ok to wear especially 1 week post-op. However, this should be answered by either\or both your surgeon and the dentist who made the retainer, as they can clinically examine you just to make sure. ...Read more

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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?

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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I'm worried I could have bone loss in my teeth? I do have bleeding gums and small pockets (around 4mm) but all my dentist tells me is to floss more.

I'm worried I could have bone loss in my teeth? I do have bleeding gums and small pockets (around 4mm) but all my dentist tells me is to floss more.

See a Periodontist: I would recommend that you see a Periodontist
to get another expert opinion on how well you are actually practicing good home care, whether or not there are other contributing factors, and how to eliminate the bleeding gums. It may take just a little more effort on your part to floss better. Perhaps your dentist is right and that's all that is necessary. Perhaps not---> see a Periodontist. ...Read more

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Major recession bottom teeth. Gingival grafting help to save futher bone loss or just pull them all out? Teeth pretty solid in place. Bone graft to?

Why?: It is important to determine the factors contributing to the root exposure as well as the severity. Root exposure is accompanied by bone loss. A periodontist is best suited to handle this and should complete a thorough assessment. Once you are informed of the options, you may feel differently. At 72, with no mobility to the teeth, your bone is likely good enough for many years. ...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

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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