Your smile is the first thing that people see and people often take pride in their appearance and smile. Therefore, bone loss in teeth can have a huge impact on your self-esteem, speech, and self-confidence.
But the good news is that there are a variety of treatments available that can slow down bone loss in teeth.
What is bone loss?
Bone loss is a consequence of the loss of teeth as well as chronic periodontitis. It occurs in the bone that surrounds and supports the tooth. Bone loss can happen to anyone, no matter how old they are, causing the ridges where the teeth are embedded to waste away.
This is caused by bacteria gradually eating away at the underlying jawbone, as well as the periodontal ligaments that connect the tooth to the bone. It’s important to have sufficient bone in your mouth for functional and aesthetic purposes. So, if you have gum disease or have an accident that results in the loss of a tooth, it’s important to seek professional help as quickly as possible.
Symptoms of bone loss in teeth
There’s lots of warning signs that could indicate that you’re about to lose a tooth including:
- Loose or shifty tooth
- Bleeding gums
- Sharp pain
- An increase in sensitivity
- Bad breath
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important that you consult with your dentist straight away.
Treatments for bone loss in teeth
The good news is, if you are suffering from bone loss in teeth, there are a number of different treatments that can be used to help with the issue.
In extreme cases where the bone has been lost completely, bone grafting will help create enough bone surface for a dental implant replacement. One of the main advantages of this treatment is that it not only replaces the bone, but it also stimulates the regrow of the jawbone. Your dentists will use different types of bone grafting materials, depending on your requirements.
Composite bonding can help to reshape the teeth by hiding the black triangles, or holes, between the teeth that are caused by bone loss in teeth. This can help to completely change your teeth aesthetically too, giving you an improved sense of confidence.
Ridge augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to add grafted or synthetic bone tissue to reinstate the ridge to its correct height and shape.
It’s always important that you discuss the best option for you with your dentist before deciding on a treatment plan.
How to stop bone loss in teeth naturally
There are plenty of ways you are able to prevent bone loss in teeth naturally. This stems from keeping your teeth healthy and clean, including:
- Increasing your Calcium intake
- Increasing your Vitamin D intake
- Avoid smoking
- Control your sugar intake
- Take good care of your dental health
- Visit your dentist on a regular basis
Frequently asked questions about bone loss in teeth
Does smoking cause bone loss in teeth?
Yes, a significant amount of evidence links smoking with bone loss in teeth, especially when it comes to periodontal pocketing, periodontal bone loss, and tooth loss.
Can you reverse bone loss in teeth?
No, unfortunately bone loss cannot be reversed. However, there are a number of treatments that can help minimise the effects of bone loss including composite bonding and ridge augmentation. There are also preventative lifestyle changes that can be made to ensure the problem does not get worse.
How can I strengthen my teeth bones?
There are a number of ways you can strengthen your teeth bones such as:
- Limiting sugary foods and drinks
- Protecting your enamel
- Avoiding grinding your teeth
- Treating dry mouth and heartburn
- Using fluoride
- Not over brushing
Can coconut oil regrow teeth?
No, coconut oil cannot help to regrow your teeth. However, it contains lauric acid which has some anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which could help your oral health. It is important to remember that coconut oil does not help with plaque or cavities and therefore should not replace brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste.
If you are suffering from bone loss in teeth and you’d like to find out more about treatments, please get in touch. Our skilled and experienced team of surgeons will assess your requirements and answer any questions you might have. Give us a call to arrange your initial consultation today!