Osteonecrosis is a medical term that refers to the loss of bone in the body. People can experience it in any bone of their body. However, it's common to see people experience osteonecrosis in their oral cavity. Typically, people will get osteonecrosis in their jawbone if this is the case.
The main cause for osteonecrosis of the jawbone is an exposed jawbone, which has breached the gums. That may seem like it would be difficult to happen, but it's quite common. The way it happens is that a person generally loses a tooth and the jawbone become exposed inside the mouth over time. When the jawbone becomes exposed, blood flow to that area stops. Blood flow helps keep bones from deteriorating and the same is true for the jawbone.
How to Avoid Osteonecrosis
The first step you can take to avoid this disease is to maintain proper oral care. You should brush and floss at least twice a day as well as have regular visits to our office. Normal brushing and flossing are good for removing newer bacteria in your mouth. However, you can't remove the stuck-on bacteria with a normal toothbrush.
If you have already lost a tooth due to decay or trauma. It's important to contact us immediately. Many people like to think that missing a tooth is no big deal and only a cosmetic issue. However, a missing tooth can cause a lot of oral complications like osteonecrosis.
If you have a missing tooth or think you may showing signs of osteonecrosis, then please contact us. The longer you wait to reverse osteonecrosis, the more you're at risk for even more complications. If you have more questions about osteonecrosis or its prevention, please feel free to contact our office. We would be happy to help you.
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