Jaw Bone Collapse Can Leave You with More Than a Sunken Appearance
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Keith Boenning, DDS
When your jaw bone collapses because of tooth extractions, periodontal disease, trauma, tumors, developmental deformities, or sinus deficiencies you'll end up with more than just a sunken appearance.
This is because your bone loses its width and height, causing your gum tissue to decrease. While you may not think it's something you should be concerned about, once you understand what its results are, you'll start thinking differently.
Your jaw bone plays an important role in chewing. Without it you'll find it more difficult to chew things like fruits and vegetables. This will lead to stomach and intestinal issues because you're ingesting less fiber. Even if you don't suffer in this way, you may not be able to properly chew coarse food so you won't be able to swallow it properly. All these things can make you sick and shorten your lifespan by putting you at an increased risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack, as well as blood vessel disease.
You may experience anything from mild to severe anxiety over the change in your appearance. Even if you choose to get dentures, you may still feel self-conscious in romantic situations. Additionally, you may find that you're unable to wear both upper and lower dentures at the same time or you're one of the minorities who can't wear dentures at all. This is because dentures can be uncomfortable when they're improperly placed and thus don't function well.
Fortunately, this is something we can help you with so you don't have to depend on the recurrent application of denture adhesives that leave behind an unpleasant taste.
Now that you see the importance of dealing with your jaw bone when it collapses, you'll want to contact us to make an appointment with our office. Doing so today is beneficial to your overall health, so don't delay.