Periodontal disease is a condition that can impact anyone. Without proper dental care, patients are putting their smile at risk of developing this infection. Also known as gum disease, the condition causes more damage than just to the soft tissues. Drs. Piyuse Das, An Pham, and Grisel Acevedo of Webster, TX encourage patients to educate themselves on good oral health habits to avoid the development of periodontal disease, which can impact soft tissues, bone, and the natural teeth.
Loss Of Bone
With periodontal disease, the later stages can cause significant damage to the bone of the jaw. The jawbone will slowly experience shrinkage. This can cause teeth to become loose and fall out, as their foundation is lost. This bone loss can also cause the patient to look older, as it creates a “sunken in” appearance to the jaw, similar to that seen in long-term denture-wearers. Because of this loss of bone, patients considering restorations such as dental implants to replace teeth find that they are not candidates due to these changes.
Some patients need to consider the benefits of certain procedures such as bone grafting. Bone grafting is like any other grafting procedure elsewhere on the body. Donor bone is placed where it is needed and helps in stimulating the fusion of the new bone to the old bone. By doing so, not only does the patient have a more youthful appearance, but they can consider restorative procedures such as the placement of dental implants. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more teeth, depending on how they are used for a specific individual. Patients who have suffered bone loss are often not candidates for this treatment and need to consider bone grafting before being considered a viable solution for their needs.
Book An Appointment With Our Dentists Today
Drs. Piyuse Das, An Pham, and Grisel Acevedo Rivera of Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center are pleased to offer a wide selection of services for adult patients in the area of Webster, TX. If you are considering the placement of dental implants but need to prepare the mouth for treatment, we invite you to learn more about bone grafting. Our practice is located at 202 West Medical Center Boulevard and can be reached by calling (832) 479-4676. Our friendly front office team can assist in scheduling a consultation with our dentists to discuss this and other preparatory, restorative dental procedures available in our practice.