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Jaw & Gum Resorption Treatment


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Restoring the Jawbone and Gum Tissue


Healthy jaw and gums are vital to optimal oral health, and they also help to ensure that you have a great smile. However, due to one reason or another, it is possible to experience jaw and gum deterioration, which can lead to several dental problems. At Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center, we are committed to helping restore your full oral health, which is why we offer a wide range of dental solutions for treatment jaw and gum deterioration.

What Are the Causes of Jaw and Gum Deterioration?


There are several reasons that can cause the deterioration of the jaw and gums. For the jaw, the main cause of deterioration is resorption due to tooth loss. After losing a tooth, the stimulation of that tooth to the jawbone is lost, which reduces the tissue regeneration rate of the jawbone. As a result, the jawbone starts shrinking away over time.

Other causes of jawbone loss include an infection that has spread to the bone tissue (gum disease, tooth infection, or another oral infection, for example, one from cysts or lesions). Damage of the jawbone tissue following a dental injury or during tooth extraction can also lead to bone loss.

Gum deterioration, on the other hand, is usually caused by gum disease, or a bacterial infection (from the teeth) that has spread to the gum tissue. It's also possible to experience gum damage following a traumatic dental injury.

Why Should You Have Your Jaw and Gums Treated?


Jaw and gum resorption are serious dental issues that could bring about several problems such as:
•  Loss of teeth - the jawbone and the gum tissue offer support, which helps to maintain healthy and strong teeth. Having damaged bone and gum tissue is thus likely to cause dental problems such as loose and weak teeth, and ultimately, it can result in tooth loss – you can even lose all of your teeth.
•  Problems when wearing dentures - if you are wearing dentures, you are likely to experience loose-fit problems once the jawbone starts to shrink. Having damaged gum tissue can also make wearing dentures a challenge.
•  Dental implant placement problems - one of the requirements of the main requirements of getting Dental Implants is healthy jaw and gums. Therefore, a dental implant procedure will not be appropriate if your jawbone and gum tissue are damaged. Deterioration of the jaw and gums after the implant placement is also likely to lead to implant failure.

Available Treatment Options for Jaw and Gum Resorption


Jaw and gum resorption can be treated using some treatments. These include:
•  Gum grafting – gum grafting involves the regeneration of new soft tissue (gums) through the use of a tissue graft.
•  Pocket reduction surgery – pocket reduction is used to get rid of pockets that form between the teeth and the gums, once the gumline starts to recede - common with gum disease.
•  Bone grafting procedures – bone grafting uses a bone graft material to regenerate new bone tissue in the area that has experienced bone loss. The new tissue meshes with the remaining bone tissue, fully restoring the jawbone.
•  Ridge Augmentation – ridge augmentation is a procedure that is used to treat deformities of the alveolar ridge. It usually involves bone grafting to restore the damaged bone tissue of the ridge. However, the procedure can also involve gum grafting in situations where gum tissue damage has occurred.

Are you experiencing problems with your jaw and gums? Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center can offer you a wide variety of jaw and gum corrective treatments, which can help to restore your oral health. Call us today at (470) 222-8983 to find out more about these solutions.

Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center


Dr. Melody J. Schiffer &
Dr. M. Forest Butler



(470) 222-8983

320 Killian Hill Road NW
Lilburn, GA 30047-3809


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