Jaw and Gum Resorption

Jaw and Gum Resorption

Resorption is one of the most common types of oral cavity injuries which can lead to loss of teeth or a part of a tooth. It often affects the interior pulp, dentin, cementum, and the root of the tooth. The condition of resorption usually begins on the outside and gradually spreads to the inside of the tooth. Jaw and gum resorption treatment can help your jaw and bones regain their natural and healthy state. Come see our team at Star28 Dental Clinic to schedule an appointment for jaw and gum resorption. 


Jaw and Gum Resorption: An overview

Natural teeth should perform certain activities like chewing, biting, and speaking without discomfort and also contribute to the health of jawbones. Teeth are responsible for providing jaw stimulation but when there is tooth loss this stimulation can be greatly decreased. Bones can weaken, change shape, and even dentures might not always help with bone loss in the jaw. Dentures which do not fit correctly can boost jawbone and gum resorption.


Dangers of Resorption

Tooth resorption is a condition which can easily lead to infections in teeth, tooth loss, crooked teeth, and various other dental issues. This can damage your teeth, jaw, and gums. Symptoms of teeth resorption might not be easy to detect. 


Types of Resorption

Internal resorption usually affects the inner part of the tooth and is more common among men than women. Patients who have undergone oral surgery like tooth transplantation are prone to internal resorption. This process mainly attacks the internal tissues often leaving patients unaware of this condition, sometimes for years. 


External resorption can affect the outer area of any tooth and is more common than internal resorption. Signs of this can be seen in spots on teeth and gums. If it has affected the roots, it will be visible in x-rays.


Reasons for Resorption 

External resorption can be caused by mouth and tooth injuries, and can further lead to loss of tissue and bone and cause swelling around teeth. Also, prolonged use of dental appliances like braces or dental procedures like tooth bleaching and teeth grinding can lead to resorption in most cases. Untreated cavities and untreated gum swelling can also contribute to the problems of resorption. 


Prevention of Resorption

Implanting a replacement tooth with a root in place of a natural tooth can help stop bone resorption. A tooth must be replaced immediately with a dental implant following the tooth extraction. A single-tooth implant can boost your chewing ability and provide you with a natural biting motion. If dental implants are not placed soon after the extraction, bone grafting should be done to fill the tooth socket to prevent resorption in the future. 


Many traditional dental treatments can help regain the functions of missing teeth, but resorption of jawbone and gums still can not always be stopped. Our team at Star28 Dental Clinic can help protect your oral health and prevent jaw and gum resorption with dental implants and other dental solutions with an incredibly high success rate. Call our team at (714) 523-2828 to learn more about jaw and gum resorption prevention.