Windsor Centre For Advanced Dentistry

Bone loss in teeth 

Bone loss in teeth not only leaves unattractive spaces but it can also make it difficult to achieve an aesthetic restoration.

It’s important to have sufficient bone in your mouth for both aesthetic and functional reasons. If an accident or gum disease results in the loss of teeth or extraction, the bone and gum tissue surrounding the missing teeth heals at a slightly lower height than the adjacent tissue, often resulting in a bone defect.

The teeth will appear much longer than the neighbouring teeth unless the defect can be masked in some way. It’s then extremely difficult, sometimes impossible, to replace the missing teeth with an aesthetically pleasing, well-fitting fixed bridge.

What causes bone loss in teeth?

Teeth bone loss can be caused by poor dental hygiene, leading to bacteria eating away at the natural bone structure beneath your gums, causing your teeth to loosen, bleed, feel more sensitive, or fall out entirely. 

However, bone damage can also be caused by impacts sustained in an accident.

Can you reverse bone loss in teeth?

Without intervention, the damage caused by bacterial bone loss or accidents is generally irreversible. However, by consulting with the experts at the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry, you’re giving yourself the best shot at making serious improvements in your smile.

Treatment for teeth bone loss

A number of techniques are available to correct bone loss around teeth:

Regenerative bone &/or gum grafting
The treatment involves rebuilding or regenerating bone and gum tissue around and between the teeth.

Composite bonding
The treatment reshapes the teeth to hide ‘black triangles or holes’ between the teeth. 

Fixed porcelain interdental addition 
Gum-coloured porcelain or composite resin added to crowns or bridgework to mask the gap between the gum and the restoration. 

Removable artificial tissue appliance
This is using flexible plastic used to hide missing gum tissue. 

Ridge augmentation 
A surgical procedure that adds grafted or synthetic bone tissue and or gum to reinstate the ridge to its correct height and shape. 

Dental bone grafting

If you have extreme bone loss or have been told in the past that you have insufficient bone for dental implants, the good news is that you may now be eligible for bone grafting. If, after evaluating both your bone quality and quantity using an X-ray or CAT scan, the dental surgeon finds there isn’t enough bone for implant placement, he may recommend bone grafting. Learn more about what dental bone grafting is in our detailed guide for patients. 

This procedure usually involves removing a small amount of bone from another part of your body, such as your jaw or hip, which is then used to replace the missing bone in your tooth or teeth. Once everything has healed, you should have enough tooth bone to be able to support a tooth implant.

Why choose the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry for your teeth bone loss treatment?

Restorative dentistry and treating bone loss in teeth are key focuses for us at the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry. Our staff members have extensive experience in bone loss treatments, so you can rest assured your smile is always in the best hands.

For more information on how we treat bone loss in teeth, or if you’d just like to speak to a friendly member of our team before you book, get in touch with our practice today.

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