Your jawbone plays a vital role in your overall ability to speak and chew. Not to mention, it provides support to many facial features, including your teeth, lips, and cheeks. At MSL Surgery, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy jawbone. If you have missing teeth, Drs. Frank Paletta and Mo Banki can evaluate your condition and help you know how healthy your jawbone is. We are also pleased to offer several treatments to help restore any bone structure that has been lost. Feel free to contact us today at 401-739-5500 to learn more about your jawbone health and schedule your appointment with our caring oral surgeons.
Missing teeth can lead to several oral problems, including bone loss in the jawbone. When the jawbone begins to lose density, it can become weak and susceptible to additional problems. These problems can lead to a change in your oral health, facial appearance, or your ability to use your jaw properly when eating or speaking.
Just like the rest of the muscles in your body, the muscles, tendons, and joints that support your jaw remain strong through exercise and consistent use. Your natural teeth grow in through your jawbone, attaching themselves with their roots. When you use your teeth to smile, talk, and chew, you also use your jaw. However, when your teeth are missing, your alveolar bone (the ridge in your jawbone where the teeth are anchored) begins to break down because teeth are missing, your body thinks that it does not need that portion of your jawbone.
If your jawbone begins to break down, it can lead to several major problems, such as:
- Misaligned or loose teeth
- Sunken or distorted facial features
- Weakened support for lips
- Wrinkled skin around the mouth
- Increased or new jaw pain and headaches
- Limited speaking and chewing ability
- Expanded sinuses
If you have any questions or concerns about your jaw health, we welcome you to visit our oral surgeons in Warwick, Rhode Island, today. We are happy to help you maintain a healthy smile!