Bone Preservation and AugmentationMany times due to progressive disease, infection or trauma, bone and soft tissue are lost in areas around the teeth. This process is accelerated when teeth are lost or removed and nothing is done to replace the stimulation that a tooth root provides to preserve the jawbone. This is extremely prevalent in the front of the mouth and unfortunately, bone loss and shrinking gum tissue in this area can be seen when we smile.
Placement of dental implants prevents the defect that would normally develop when teeth are missing. And, there are techniques to replace bone and gum tissue in areas where tissue has been lost. Depending upon the size of the defect, and the location within the mouth, this can be done easily in the office, often at the same time as placement of dental implants.