Saving Your Own Teeth
Severe gum disease or bone recession in the jaw can lead to the loss of teeth. If enough bone is lost around a tooth, the teeth may need to be removed requiring replacement with dental implants, bridges, or removable dentures. These replacement options can be quite expensive and invasive.
Alternative procedures that will let you keep your own teeth are available. At the office of Scott H. Froum, DDS, we specialize in saving natural teeth through a wide range of advanced procedures to rebuild healthy gum tissue or reverse bone loss in the jaw. There are many advantages that can come with saving your natural teeth, including optimal aesthetics and better health of the teeth and gums down the road.
Dr. Froum’s periodontal background and extensive training has allowed him to build a practice that specializes in saving his patient’s teeth. Through the latest technology using fasers, growth factors, and regenerative materials, Dr. Froum has been able to save teeth that other dentists have wanted to extract. There is no better substitute than your own teeth, and Dr. Froum can help you keep them!
Reasons to Seek a Second Opinion
With any medical procedure, seeking a second opinion can be beneficial, as this will give you a more complete look at all of your treatment options. When it comes to tooth extraction, a second opinion can spare you from extensive surgical procedures that will require long healing periods and the use of temporary teeth that can be incredibly awkward and uncomfortable.
Options for Saving Natural Teeth
In our practice, we have invested in the latest technologies to treat advanced gum disease and bone recession while preserving the natural teeth. Below, you can see the procedures we may recommend for your smile when natural teeth are endangered by the loss of gum and bone tissue.
When the gum tissue recedes due to advanced periodontitis, the teeth are more susceptible to plaque and bacteria that can lead to decay. What’s more is that the stability of the tooth is lost, so there may be some looseness when gums have receded substantially. With a gum graft, your own tissue or donated tissue can be used to rebuild a healthy and beautiful gum line that will protect your natural teeth. Learn More about Gum Grafting
Tooth loss can be a continuing cycle, because bone tissue will become reabsorbed into the body in areas where natural teeth have been lost. These weaknesses in the bone can threaten remaining natural teeth, but bone grafting might help end the cycle. With bone grafting, missing bone is replaced and new growth is promoted to support implants and protect natural teeth that are still in place. Learn More about Bone Grafting
Lasers have been shown to stimulate your body’s stem cells and new tissue growth is stimulated. Learn More about Lasers in Dentistry.