Whether you plan to undergo dental implant surgery in the future or you simply want to maintain a strong, healthy set of natural teeth for as long as possible, you need healthy bone in both your upper jaw and your lower jaw. However, certain conditions and circumstances can threaten that jawbone’s health.
Fortunately, once you understand the factors involved, you and your dentist can work together to keep both your teeth and their supporting bone tissue in good shape. Take a look at the following key considerations about bone loss and your dental health.
How Your Jawbone and Teeth Support Each Other
Your teeth and the bones of your jaw share an interactive relationship, with each component supporting the health of the other. Healthy teeth that are held in place by strong ligaments stimulate the jawbone to repair and replenish itself. Meanwhile, a healthy base of bone maintains the sockets surrounding the tooth roots.
For this reason, problems that threaten your teeth may also threaten your jawbone and vice versa. Thin or weak bone in your jaw can contribute to tooth loss. Without the constant stimulation provided by tooth roots, the bone tissue grows thinner and weaker, potentially setting up an ongoing cycle of dental problems.