Periodontal disease doesn’t just cause damage to your gums. It also attacks the bone beneath your gums, which is one of the reasons why gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in U.S. adults. Once this bone is damaged, it cannot grow back without help.
Bone loss is also a problem in the case of lost teeth. Your bone and the roots of your teeth support each other. If a tooth is lost, the bone will no longer maintain itself and will become weak. Eventually, it will dissolve. As the bone dissolves, it’s likely that you will lose other teeth, which will cause the cycle to continue.
Advances in technology have made it possible for us to actually replace this damaged bone using grafts. Bone grafting is also a great option if you would like to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant but your bone has become too diminished.
Boca Raton periodontist Dr. Thomas Copulos will discuss your options with you and explain the process fully so that you feel informed and educated on the procedure before we begin. Bone grafting is a remarkable advancement that allows us to perform treatments that will dramatically improve the appearance and health of your smile.
If you’d like more information about bone grafting and placing dental implants in Boca Raton, please call our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Copulos.