Reversing Bone Loss Affords Better Oral Health, and a Lasting Smile
Are You Facing the Challenges of Bone Loss?
Bone loss in the jaw is a challenge many people suffer, leading to changes in facial appearance and bite, and difficulty replacing teeth with dental implants. Loss of bone tissue may be caused by factors like:
- Tooth Loss
- Severe Periodontal Disease
- Trauma or Injury
- Root Resorption
- Endodontic Abscesses
Arresting the Process of Bone Loss
Dental implants are the most effective method of stopping the progression of bone loss that occurs when teeth are lost. Implants do not rely on surrounding, existing teeth for stabilization like traditional bridges and partial dentures, and engage with the bone daily to keep it healthy and solid. When teeth are left unreplaced, remaining teeth often drift into the open spaces, causing significant changes in the way your teeth fit together along with other complications. Dr. Richard Featherstone can minimize your risk of additional bone loss or changes in your bite by replacing missing teeth with implants.
Building a Healthy Foundation for Your Dental Implants
Replacing quality bone tissue provides a solid foundation for future dental implants, and may be necessary if you lack bone support for proper integration. Depending on your needs, you may require one of the following bone grafting techniques:
- Ridge Augmentation: Replenish the natural contour of the bony arch supporting the teeth (and future implants) with human or non-human bone tissue and regenerative materials.
- Ridge Preservation: Placing bone tissue right into the socket of a recently extracted tooth preserves the site for future implant placement.
- Sinus Lift/Augmentation: Replacing teeth with implants in the upper molar and premolar areas often requires Dr. Featherstone to increase the amount the bone between where your tooth roots once occupied and the floor of the nearby sinus cavity.
Promoting a Return to Healthy With Tissue Regeneration
Dr. Featherstone believes in providing the advanced technology and procedures that maximize your oral health to the fullest. To encourage optimal healing following tooth extractions, bone grafting, dental implants and gum disease surgery, he often utilizes guided tissue regeneration (GTR), a method of adding regenerative membranes to treatment sites. GTR is especially beneficial when incorporated into bone grafting for dental implant placement, as the bone tissue grows at a harder, faster rate.
Convenient, Comfortable Care From Your General Dentist
Dr. Featherstone and our friendly, caring team deliver the comprehensive treatment you need, all from one convenient location and without the need to visit a periodontist. We can treat gum disease with Perioscope therapy to save your teeth. You can go from tooth extractions to complete implant procedures, and never need to experience dental anxiety or fear over treatment with our relaxing sedation options.
Experience the many benefits of our established practice by scheduling your personalized consultation with Dr. Featherstone today.