Osteoporosis is a common metabolic bone disease which frequently occurs in postmenopausal women and occurs less frequently in men. Osteoporosis is characterized by bone fragility, low bone mass and a decrease in bone mineral density. Many studies have explored and identified a connection between periodontal disease and osteoporosis.
Because the density of the bone that supports the teeth may be decreased in osteoporosis, the inflammation from bacterial plaque can more quickly destroy the bone supporting the teeth.
Reasons for the Concern:
Though studies are still being conducted in order to further assess the extent of the relationship between osteoporosis and periodontal disease, the researchers have thus far made the following connections:
Estrogen deficiency – Estrogen deficiency accompanies menopause and also speeds up the progression of oral bone loss. The lack of estrogen accelerates the rate of attachment loss (fibers and tissues which keep the teeth stable are destroyed).
Low mineral bone density – This is why periodontitis can be more progressive in patients with osteoporosis.
- Medications treating osteoporosis -Bisphosphonates are a class of drug used to treat osteoporosis and its use can alter treatment recommendations.
Dr. Suway and Dr. Toscano will closely monitor those patients who are at an increased risk of developing both diseases by assessing family history, medical history, X-ray results, current medications and modifiable risk factors. Tobacco use, obesity, poor diet and estrogen deficiency can all be managed using a combination of education, support and prescription medications. The doctors will recommend the most conservative treatment that is appropriate.
If you have any questions about periodontal disease and its connection with osteoporosis, please feel free to call the office.
Jenkintown Periodontics & Dental Implants, LLC
Dr. Neal B. Suway & Dr. Jeremy Toscano
Dental Implants, Cosmetic and Laser Periodontics
261 Old York Road Suite 319
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: (215) 887-6060
Convenient to Philadelphia, Abington, Willow Grove, Elkins Park, Cheltenham, Horsham, Warminster, and Hatboro