Dentist Tamer Çakar defines both menopause and tooth loss as a mental condition that affects women.
Bone resorption is the basis of the menopause-dental relationship, which many people do not know and which is always on the radar of dentists. Dentist Tamer Çakar says, “Especially in individuals with tooth loss, if a new tooth is to be made or a surgical application such as an implant is necessary, in short, if it is a bone-related condition, it is necessary to establish a strong connection with menopause.”
Dentist Tamer Çakar underlines that the distinction between the lower jawbone and the upper jawbone should not be overlooked:
“The upper jaw melts very quickly, it is called the sponge bone. The lower jaw is cortical bone, solid like marble. On the other hand, the menopausal patient has nothing to fear. Upper jaw treatments are often performed by adding human-derived bone. With the method called directed tissue regeneration, you can direct the cells by giving commands. The implant, which is placed, slows down the melting thanks to the new structure it creates in the tooth. Our biggest helper here is the body’s immune system. Especially thanks to the developing technology, the rate of harmony between the bone added later and the person’s own bone is close to 100 percent unless there is another systemic disease”.
Menopausal dental disease: gum recession
Gingivitis, which is called ‘periodontist’ in the medical literature and nevazil in the public, is considered in the middle of the dental diseases of the menopausal period. Dentist Tamer Çakar explains the situation as follows: “Actually, the gingiva does not become inflamed out of nowhere. As the bone melts, the gingiva begins to recede. Because there is no reinforcement under it anymore.”
The most classic situation in the menopause period, the meals that go into the middle of the teeth after the gum recession and are not cleaned properly, accelerate the bone resorption process of gingivitis, infection and calculus problems up to three times. This inevitably leads to tooth loss.
Çakar underlines that before starting the dental treatment of menopausal patients, it is necessary to contact their physician: “Both menopause and tooth loss are mental conditions that affect the future of the patient. Both are parameters that we want in the body and that increase the self-confidence of the person. Here, our duty is to restore the patient’s self-confidence by treating his teeth, even though we do not have a sanction against menopause.
Stating that menopause has many variable parameters, Tamer Çakar said, “As we encounter a patient who went through menopause at the age of 30 and had a lot of bone loss because of it, we can also see people who have gone through menopause in the usual way and have no osteoporosis. Because of this, what is valuable here is not the degree of melting of the bone, but the quality of the bone,” he says. In other words, the number of cells in a healthy person’s bone is different from the number of bone cells in a menopausal woman. This is what determines the quality of the bone. Before the treatment, after the ‘bone density test’, which reveals the regeneration or repair power of the bones, the treatment is decided.