Dental implants are much more common than they were in years past, and the latest technologies are rendering success rates of up to 99% for this kind of surgery. It's true that many still go with removable dentures or bridges or some other tooth-loss solution, but dental implants are rising in popularity year on year.
Do you have a bad case of "dental phobia" or a child or other member of your family is reluctant to let you make that appointment for a necessary bit of dental or periodontal care? You may have considered sedation dentistry, but you're not sure how it works or if it will make a big enough difference.
One area where periodontal expertise have advanced dramatically in recent years is that of correcting the gum line recession caused by gingivitis/periodontal disease. Pinhole surgical technique (PST) grafts are the latest innovation in a long line of soft tissue techniques used to correct gum recession. PST procedures are minimally invasive, cause very little pain or bleeding, and heal extremely quickly.
If you are missing any of your teeth or if you will soon get a tooth extraction, you may be wondering what your options are as to tooth replacement. Specifically, you may be considering dental implants or implant-supported dentures as a solution to tooth loss.
When it comes to taking care of your gums and the teeth they encase and protect, preventive measures like practicing good dental hygiene at home and getting a professional periodontal check-up annually, are of course your best and first line of defense.