Can Osteoporosis Affect Your Teeth?
Many people wonder about osteoporosis and their teeth, and whether bone loss can affect their dental health. Although your teeth themselves are not bones, they can be affected by osteoporosis. Deterioration of the jawbones often leads to premature tooth loss, gum disease, and other complications. If you’re concerned about osteoporosis and your dental health, Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry of Glendale can help.
Osteoporosis and Your Teeth
Osteoporosis impacts all the bones of the body, including the jawbones. Loss of bone density in the jaw compromises tooth stability, increasing the risk of tooth loss and periodontal disease. Osteoporosis affects teeth as well as dental implants, and may limit your dental treatment options. If you suffer from osteoporosis, be sure to discuss your medical history with us at your next visit.
Periodontal Disease and Osteoporosis
Because osteoporosis weakens the bones, it greatly increases the risk of periodontal disease. Periodontitis is a bacterial infection that affects the periodontal ligament and the alveolar process, or jawbone. Untreated periodontal infections can lead to further bone loss as well as tooth loss. If you have noticed any gum recession, swelling, or bleeding, you should schedule a periodontal examination right away.
What to Expect During a Periodontal Exam
During a periodontal examination at Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry, we will carefully assess the condition of your gum tissue and jawbones. First, we check your teeth for mobility, plaque, and tartar. Next, we examine your gums to check for any inflammation, bleeding, or recession, and we measure the depth of the pockets between the teeth. Finally, we take digital x-rays to determine if there is any bone loss in the jaw.
Call Us Today
Do you have questions about how osteoporosis affects your teeth and dental health? Call 623-471-1714 to schedule a periodontal exam at Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry in Glendale. Our friendly dentists will answer all of your concerns and conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jaw. We welcome you to contact us today to learn more about our dental services and to schedule your visit with our talented and caring team.
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