Are you missing one of your teeth? Have you considered dental implants, but you are not sure about getting them? There are times when individuals who have missing teeth decide not to have an implant placed for their own personal reasons. However, many individuals do not understand the risk of this decision.

Bone tissue is maintained by use, and the natural teeth are rooted in the jawbone. Natural activities such as biting and chewing help to exercise the jawbones. When teeth are missing, the alveolar bone, or the portion of the jawbone that anchors the teeth in the mouth, no longer receives the necessary exercise, and begins to break down. When the body begins to no longer use or need the jawbone, it deteriorates away.

When there are teeth missing it can lead to jawbone loss in the gap where the teeth are missing. The loss of jawbone can cause an individual to experience pain, issues with surrounding teeth, and the inability to eat and speak normally. Losing jawbone can also cause collapsed facial profile, decreased lip support, and distortion of facial features.

Unhealthy jawbones can also cause infections. Signs of infection include, but are not limited to, pain, redness, swelling, or drainage of pus in the area. If you are noticing any of these symptoms, please call our office immediately.

There are many ways to improve and keep a healthy jawbone. To begin, make sure all of your bones are healthy and staying strong. Adequate calcium intake is essential for proper bone health. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are just a few of the many calcium rich foods. Vitamin D, K and Potassium are also essential for proper bone health, so try to eat foods such as, apples, bananas, avocados, and apricots.

Do not put yourself at risk for consequences such as jawbone loss and deterioration! Call our office, 703.388.2805, today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gocke in Northern Virginia, and find out how you can care for your jawbone and help to create an even more beautiful smile.