Posted on 5/10/2021 by Amir Sanjabi, DDS
Jawbone loss and deterioration can affect your overall health. Trouble eating or speaking can be a result of jawbone loss. In addition, your appearance can change as your jawbone deteriorates. Other facets of your oral health may suffer as well. While jawbone loss can seem debilitating, we can help you figure out your next steps.
Are These Things Happening In Your Jaw?
The jawbone anchors the teeth in the mouth. However, over time, it is possible that gradual deterioration can occur. It is important to be aware of these symptoms so we can document the rate of deterioration and help you take measures to fortify your jaw.
Is your face misaligned or appears to be collapsing? Perhaps your face seems to be drifting or distorted. While observing these cosmetic changes may be alarming, we are here to help. Other patients have noted wrinkled skin around their mouth and limited lip support. Some find it difficult to speak or chew. Lastly, the sinuses can be affected. With jawbone deterioration the sinus cavity can expand. You might have sinus headaches or other facial or jaw discomfort. It is important to recognize these jawbone loss and deterioration symptoms. Often the patient is aware of these signs first. Come talk to us if you notice these issues in your body. While you do not have to have all of these symptoms, if you do have some of them it is worth the peace of mind to talk to our staff.
Why Would This Be Happening?
There are many causes of jawbone loss. Perhaps you have had tooth extractions or periodontal disease. These are often reasons that jawbone deterioration begins. Other patients with misalignment, sinus deficiencies, tumors, or bacterial infections can run the risk of bone loss around your jaw. Regardless of the cause, we want to help you. We will work to diagnose the cause of your jawbone loss and help you take steps to improve your function.