The consequences of tooth loss can be prevented by replacing the lost tooth in a timely manner. Although there are several options to replace a missing tooth the number one choice for replacing lost teeth is dental implants. Implants are tiny titanium screws or posts that are surgically placed in the bone.
Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colourless film that constantly forms on your teeth) releases toxins causing gum inflammation. With time, plaque hardens to form tartar and begins to grow below the gum line detaching the gums from tooth.
The best material for a bone graft is your own bone, which most likely will come from your chin, the back part of your lower jaw or your hip bone. The hip is considered to be a better source because the hip bone has a lot of marrow, which contains bone-forming cells.
Outside of our office there’s a few simple things that you can do to maintain good oral hygiene. During dental checkups, we’ll provide a thorough dental exam and cleaning and use a few more tools you probably don’t have at your home.