Dentist Tamer Çakar defines both menopause and tooth loss as a psychological condition that affects women.
It is essentially bone resorption that establishes the menopause-tooth connection, which most people do not know and which is always on the radar of dentists. Dentist Tamer Çakar says, “Especially in people with tooth loss, if a new tooth is to be made or a surgical application such as an implant is mandatory, in short, if there is a bone-related condition, it is necessary to establish a strong connection with menopause.
Dentist Tamer Çakar underlines that the distinction between lower jawbone and upper jawbone should not be overlooked in general:
“The upper jaw melts very quickly, it is called the sponge bone. The lower jaw is cortical bone, solid like marble. Despite this, the menopausal patient has nothing to fear. Upper jaw treatments are usually performed by adding human-derived bone. With the method called directed tissue regeneration, you can direct the cells by giving orders. 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 compatibility of the bone added later with the person’s own bone is close to 100 percent if there is no other systemic disease”.
Menopausal dental disease: Gingival recession
Gingivitis, which is called ‘periodontist’ in the medical literature and nevazil among the people, is considered among 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 longer any support under it.”
The most classic situation in the menopause period, the meals that go between the teeth after the gingival recession and are not cleaned carefully enough, accelerate the bone resorption process of gingivitis, infection and tartar problems up to three times. This inevitably leads to tooth loss.
Çakar underlines that the doctor of menopausal patients should be contacted before starting dental treatment: “Both menopause and tooth loss are psychological conditions that also affect the future of the patient. Both are parameters that we want to have in the body and that increase the self-confidence of the person. Here, our duty is to restore the patient’s self-confidence, in a sense, by treating his teeth, even though we do not have a sanction against menopause.
Tamer Çakar, stating that menopause has many variable parameters, said, “As we encounter a patient who went through menopause at the age of 30 and thus experienced a lot of bone loss, we can also encounter people who have gone through menopause in a normal way and do not have osteoporosis. Therefore, the important thing 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, the type of treatment is decided after the ‘bone density test’, which reveals the regeneration or repair power of the bones.