Chandler Implant Dentist Discusses Bone and Joint Health Awareness
About 48% of adults in America over the age of 18 are affected by bone and joint (musculoskeletal) conditions. This October marks Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week, designated to help raise awareness of the world’s most common cause of chronic severe pain and physical disability. Chandler dentist, Dr. Mark Arooni, knows well that healthy bones and joints play an important part in the health and functionality of your mouth, as well.
The Bone that Supports Your Teeth
As an experienced implant dentist in Chandler, Dr. Arooni is dedicated to teaching his patients the importance of replacing missing teeth with dental implants. While other dental restorations fill the gap left between the remaining teeth, dental implants are the only option that also replaces your tooth’s root, which was once embedded in your jawbone along with the rest. If not replaced, your body will reduce the amount of nutrients it sends to your jawbone, since it now has fewer teeth to support. The resulting deficiency causes your jawbone to slowly deteriorate, losing its ability to support the remaining teeth and leading to further tooth loss. Dental implants help prevent the degradation of jawbone by convincing your body there is still a tooth support. Even with a full set of teeth, however, the health of your bones, including your jawbone, should be an important consideration in your health conscience.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
Since your mouth is divided into two opposing sides that constantly meet and separate (upper and lower jaw), you may assume that a joint is involved somewhere. You’d be correct. Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the large joints that connect your lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bones of your skull. Located just in front of each ear, these joints and the muscles that surround them allow your jaw to exercise its complex range of movement. Like all joints, your TMJs are also susceptible to wear and tear, and when damaged, the pain can be debilitating. If you experience pain, tightness, soreness, or any other abnormality in your jaw or jaw joints, Dr. Arooni can help you diagnose and treat your TMJ disorder.
To learn more about the complexities of good oral health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Arooni by calling our Chandler dental office at 480-855-1200. Located in the 85224 area, Lakeview Dental Care proudly serves patients from Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and all surrounding communities.
By Mark Arooni DDS