Osteoporosis and tooth loss are health concerns that may affect many older men and women. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. This disease can affect any bone in the body, although the bones in the hip, spine, and wrist are affected most often.
Research suggests a link between osteoporosis and/or medications associated with osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. The bone in the jaw supports and anchors the teeth. When the jawbone becomes less dense, tooth loss may occur and is a common occurrence in older adults.
Research supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) found that dental images (x-rays) are useful in distinguishing people with osteoporosis from those with normal bone density.
NIAMS states, because many people see their dentist more regularly than their doctor, dentists are in a unique position to help identify people with low bone density and to encourage them to talk to their doctors about their bone health. Dental concerns that may indicate low bone density include loose teeth, gums detaching from the teeth or receding gums, and ill-fitting or loose dentures. Be sure to mention these symptoms to your primary care provider.
At Lakeshore Dental images (x-rays) are taken based on individual risk factors and needs.