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Apr
10

Dental Bone Grafting

Posted in Periodontics

In some cases of dental procedures, dentists will need to increase the amount of bone in a patient’s jaw. In other cases people have lost bone mass due to periodontitis and are in need of bone grafting surgery in order to keep their teeth in place and healthy. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment on periodontal disease. If a dental bone graft is needed, patients will need to be treated by a periodontist for specialized treatment.

Certain surgical procedures such as wisdom teeth extraction and dental implants may require dental bone grafting before or during the procedure. For wisdom teeth, a bone graft is done at the time of the tooth extraction. Because an empty socket begins to rapidly melt away, this bone grafting procedure helps to preserve bone volume and oral architecture. If a person has missing teeth is in very important that the gap is filled with something, usually a dental implant or bridge. Once a permanent tooth is out the bone doesn’t have anything to support anymore. Just like an empty socket, the bone will begin to erode and create a hollow divit in the jaw bone. If a dentist tries to place a dental implant into a spot where there is a low level of natural bone, the tooth will look funny and have a high probability of falling out. Bone grafting is used in this situation to build up the bone area so that a dental implant can be securely placed.

Dental bone grafts are also used to recreate bone and supporting tissue that has been lost due to periodontal disease. These bone grafts give natural bone something to attach to and regrow bone, which will help to stabilize the teeth. Periodontists today use a new technology called tissue engineering to encourage patients’ bodies to regenerate bone.

There are different options available for those who need to have dental bone grafting. Your periodontist will walk you through the treatment plans and help decide which is right for you.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics

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Mar
29

Calcium and your Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

If you are middle-aged or older, or have a family member who has osteoporosis, you probably are concerned about your calcium intake. You may also be confused by the latest calcium supplement recommendations.  Did you also know that calcium plays a role on helping maintain healthy teeth?  This article will discuss the importance of calcium and how to help decipher the current recommendations.

We all need calcium each and every day, and it is an important part of our diet.  This becomes especially true as we age to help prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bone, making it more brittle and susceptible to fractures and breaks.  This thinning can occur in any bone, and your jaw is also at risk when you have osteoporosis.

Development of osteoporosis in the jaw bone can result in tooth loss.  As the jaw bone is destroyed from osteoporosis, teeth no longer fit correctly and may become loose and fall out.   Missing teeth can be replaced with dentures, but dental implants would be a better choice.  However, bone grafting will likely be necessary due to bone loss attributable to osteoporosis.

Calcium along with other vitamins and minerals helps maintain bone health.  However, a recent study showed that individuals who consumed calcium only from supplements are more likely to have heart problems.  It is best to consumer calcium in your foods, as part of your daily diet.  Foods that are high in calcium include cheese, milk, yogurt and other dairy products, as well as green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and broccoli.

If you are at risk for osteoporosis, or have been told you have osteoporosis, be sure to share this with your dentist.  Working together with your physician and dentist can not only maintain strong and healthy bones, but also strong and healthy teeth for your entire lifetime!

Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics

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