Replacing Failing & Missing Teeth
The goal of periodontal therapy is to save existing teeth or replace missing teeth. Upon evaluation and during the course of treatment, hopeless teeth and other teeth requiring extraction may be identified. Extractions may be performed during the diagnostic, non-surgical, or surgical phase of care to eliminate pain, infection, or periodontal defects and/or to facilitate restorative treatment.
When you lose one or more teeth, a small indention in your gums and jawbone will form where the tooth used to be. This happens because the jawbone recedes when it no longer is holding a tooth in place. Sometimes, a bone graft and/or tissue graft is necessary to rebuild the foundation for the replacement tooth.
Sinus elevation surgery adds bone to the upper jaw in the area of molars and premolars. The bone is added between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are on either side of your nose. The goal of the surgery is to graft enough bone material onto the upper jaw to support the base of a dental implant.
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