About Jessica's Cosmetic Surgeries

About Jessica's Cosmetic Surgeries

How Osteoporosis Affects The Mouth And Face

by Ross Martin

Osteoporosis is a common disease that is characterized by bones that are brittle and have large pores. The increase in porosity makes the bones more likely to break. 

Osteoporosis affects many different parts of the body. Here are several ways that osteoporosis can affect the mouth and face:

Osteoporosis Can Make the Face Look Hollow

The fullness of the face is largely dependent on the jawbones. As the bones of the jaw shrink from osteoporosis, the cheeks may become loose and deflated. This can result in a hollowed, aged appearance. 

Osteoporosis Can Cause Problems With Dental Implants

Dental implants are installed inside the jawbone. Just as natural teeth fit inside the sockets of the jawbone, dental implants are drilled into the bone at the site of a missing tooth or in another designated location. 

In order for an implant to be successfully placed, the bone of the jaw must be thick and healthy enough to support the positioning of the device. When a person has osteoporosis, the jawbone may not be sufficiently dense to allow the successful placement of an implant. 

Osteoporosis Can Cause the Teeth to Loosen

As the jawbone shrinks, it may not hold teeth as tightly. As a result, the teeth may become loose as bite pressure is applied. In some cases, teeth may even be lost because of the effects of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Affects the Fit of Dentures

Traditional dentures for the upper palate are held in place by the suction created as the appliance rests snugly against the ridge of the jawbone and the roof of the mouth. However, as osteoporosis causes structural changes to the jawbone, the fit of the dentures may suffer. 

In order for dentures to fit properly, the appliance must match the exact contours of the mouth. Those contours change as bone material is lost from osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Affects the Progression of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, like osteoporosis, can cause bone loss. As a result, people with osteoporosis may have an increased likelihood of developing severe cases of periodontal disease. 

In order to lessen the amount of bone loss from osteoporosis, patients can eat a balanced diet, including foods that are high in calcium. In addition, regular weight-bearing exercises can also increase bone strength and density. Still, it is important to have all activities approved by a physician. If you have osteoporosis and would like to learn about available methods of treatment, schedule an appointment with a physician in your local area.


About Me

About Jessica's Cosmetic Surgeries

Hello there! I'm Jessica Goodyear. I am an unofficial expert on cosmetic procedures--mostly because I've had a lot of them done. Some people judge me or think I'm fake, but I feel more like myself than I ever have before! It all started when I was a teenager. I broke my nose playing softball, and I had to have plastic surgery on my nose so that I could breathe properly. But my nose looked different afterwards, and I liked it better! Now I save up my money to get something done every few years. Whether it's teeth whitening or veneers, a little bit of liposuction, or new cheekbones, there's something so satisfying about letting your inner beauty shine out through your outer body. I started this site to help break the stereotypes about cosmetic surgeries and to talk about some of the health risks related to them. Check it out!