Osetoporosis And Dental Care
As we age osteoporosis can become an increasing concern. The effects of osteoporosis can include less bone density, increased risk of fractures and other conditions. In the US more than 40 million people are at a high risk for or already have osteoporosis.
Dental professionals may be the first medical practitioner to notice that someone may have or be developing osteoporosis. Those with low bone mass may experience oral health issues that their dentist may see and recognize as the first signs of the disease.
Older adults may want to review medical history and have a comprehensive clinical and x-ray examination to see if there is reason for concern. Other risk factors to be considered are smoking, menopause, excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption, calcium deficiency and amount of physical activity.
Significant signs of beginning osteoporosis can include:
- Bone loss in the jaw and around the teeth can be an indicator of bone loss in other areas of the body.
- Tooth loss can be a sign of deteriorating bone. Women with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss than those who do not have the disease.
- Dentures that become loose or don’t fit the same.
Gum disease may be a clue of underlying osteoporosis.Osteoporosis can be a significant obstacle to proper dental care. Bone loss can make dental implants difficult and gum disease may lead to even more tooth loss. Dr. Wagner is familiar with dental bone grafting practices and cutting edge dental bone grafting techniques to regain and rebuild lost bone structure. We can also grow bone wherever its needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance. So if bone loss is preventing you from the dental care you need please contact us and let us help.
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