Bone loss is the result of untreated gum disease, especially later stages such as periodontitis. During this gum disease stage, the bacteria eat away at the jawbone and the ligaments that connect teeth to the bone. The most common cause of bone loss is due to unreplaced tooth loss. This is because the bone resorbs into the body. Replacing missing teeth in your smile is important. At Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, our periodontist, Dr. Ting can offer helpful ways to replace missing teeth in your mouth to resolve your oral health. Place the missing tooth root.
What about lost bone density?
When a bone loses density, it becomes porous. This can be detected on a digital x-ray at our Paoli, PA, office. The whiter the color of the bone, the denser it is. This can be avoided with various treatments that re
Treatments to help treat bone loss
Bone grafting is one treatment that helps provide bone for patients interested in dental implants. Enough height of the ride is needed to successfully replace teeth with implants. For molars, we need enough width. Bone grafting helps repair damaged and lost bone around teeth from severe gum disease. A bone graft not only replaces this lost bone, but also will act as the jawbone as it regrows.
When your upper back teeth have been removed, your ridge bone will resorb and your sinus cavity will expand. This means that the bones separating the oral cavity and sinus cavity becomes very thin. Dental implants can’t be placed with this thin of bone. A sinus lift gently pushes the membrane lining up and away from the law. Bone graft materials are put into the space where the original sinus cavity was. Once the bone graft material fuses with the jawbone, we can place your implants successfully. Ultimately, not all patients may need bone grafting or a sinus lift, our technology can see your structure clearly to know this before unnecessary treatment is performed.
Learn more about periodontal disease treatment
When you leave your gum disease untreated, it can lead to bone loss in your jaw or severe tooth loss. At Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, our periodontist, Dr. Ting, can attempt to stop bone loss from occurring with gum disease treatments during the early stages of periodontal disease. If you’ve ever sustained bone loss, we offer bone grafting and sinus lifts to help you restore your smile. For more information on these treatments and to schedule an appointment, call 610-550-3333. We serve patients in Paoli, Malvern, Berwyn, and the surrounding Pennsylvania communities with advanced periodontal procedures and dental implant treatments.