Osteonecrosis is the destruction of bone tissue. It can occur around the teeth, throughout the jawbone, and into the joints of the jaw. Unfortunately, it can make normal daily functions like biting and chewing more difficult, and even contribute to tooth loss or other dental complications.
Although age and disease can cause bone loss, some forms of medication are also linked to the condition. Always let your dentist know what medications that you’re on and medical issues you are experiencing so that complications can be avoided. Treatments such as teeth extractions may need to be coordinated with your physician before being completed. Complications could involve damage to the jawbone due to weak bone tissue, so always keep your dentist updated on your medical treatment.
X-rays are a great way to screen for osteonecrosis of the jaw. Your dentist may recommend taking a panoramic x-ray more frequently than the average 3-5 years to assess your bone quantity and levels. If bone loss is accelerating around the teeth, losing them to periodontal disease or generalized bone loss is a concern. Coming in for cleanings as frequent as every 3 to 4 months can help create a healthy environment around your teeth that eliminates bacterial growth. This prevents accelerated bone loss caused by gum disease, keeping teeth tighter in place where they ought to be.
If you’re taking medications linked with osteonecrosis, or simply battle bone loss due to age or other health conditions, then routine dental care is a must! Waiting until symptoms of tooth mobility or soreness is too late. Start seeing your dentist now, to protect the future of your smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care
Advances in dental care technology have resulted in a new wave of automatic, battery-operated toothbrushes. Electric and sonic toothbrushes have bristles that rotate, vibrate or move back and forth at a high speed, replicating the motion of manual brushing. The main difference between electric and sonic toothbrushes is strokes or rotations per minute, with sonic toothbrushes averaging 27, 000 more strokes or rotations per minute than their electronic counterparts. Electric and sonic toothbrushes have advantages that manual toothbrushes do not have.
Electronic and sonic toothbrushes cut down the muscle work required to brush your teeth. This may seem like a trivial advantage to the average person, but it makes a world of difference for people with impaired hand motor function or hand muscle weakness, such as individuals with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or certain neurological diseases. Additionally, electronic and sonic toothbrushes have large lightweight handles, that make gripping easier. Thanks to the ergonomic design of the devices, even people with hand function challenges can maintain good oral health.
Better cleaning action
When dental plaque accumulates on the surface of the teeth, tooth decay can occur to such an extent that tooth extraction is required. A good way to avoid this is to use an electronic or sonic toothbrush which does a more efficient job of removing plaque from the surface of the teeth compared to a manual toothbrush. Mechanized toothbrushes deliver more rigorous, floss-like scrubbing than manual toothbrushes and teeth benefit from up to 5 times the amount of brush strokes. The intense motion of the rotating and oscillating bristles also increases saliva production which counteracts plaque buildup beneath the gum lines. Because of their superior effect on bacteria-infested dental plaque, electronic and sonic toothbrushes also do a relatively better job of reducing bad breath and gingivitis.
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