Jaw & Gum Resorption
Elmwood Park, IL
If you have worn dentures for a long time, you might have noticed that they do not fit in your mouth the same way that they did when you first got them. It might feel as if they no longer match up with the bone in your jaw. The reason for this is simple. It is known as jaw and gum resorption. Here at Taglia Advanced Dentistry, we would like to talk to you about why your dentures might not be fitting as well as they used to. We would also like to help to find a solution that will work for you.
What Is Jaw and Gum Resorption?
Jaw and gum resorption is also known as bone resorption. It is the body's way of getting rid of excess bone. With jaw and gum resorption, your body will start to absorb what it considers excess bone. It will deteriorate until the amount of bone has greatly changed.
In the case of a child, jaw and gum resorption is a good thing. It allows the child's body to absorb parts of the jaw bone and also the roots of baby teeth. This will allow the adult teeth to grow in properly. A child regenerates at a faster rate than he or she will experience resorption, so this will help a child to heal if there is an injury.
In adults, it is a different story. Your rate of regeneration will slow down as you get older. That is why a broken bone takes longer to heal in an adult than in a child. With jaw and gum resorption, the bone decreases, and there is nothing to build it back up again.
One of the main causes of jaw and gum resorption is tooth loss. The moment that you lose a tooth your jaw will start to shrink. It will be gradual, but it will happen. Your body will have decided that you do not need that bone any longer because there is no tooth there. Jaw and gum resorption is the main reason why dentures will stop fitting properly over time. It is because there is not enough bone there any longer.
There is something that can be done about jaw and gum resorption. If you are missing one tooth or a couple of teeth, we might suggest dental implants. We might need to add more bone through bone grafting so that the implant will hold. The implant should stop the resorption process. If you wear dentures and are having a problem with resorption, we might recommend an All-on-4® Treatment Concept denture as a replacement. This is a permanent denture, and since it is anchored into your jaw, it will stop the resorption.
Here at Taglia Advanced Dentistry, we need to know about any problem that you might be having with your dentures. If they no longer fit properly, make an appointment by calling (312) 757-6434. It is important to us that you have dentures that not only look great, they also need to be comfortable.