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Dental Implants and Laser Gum Therapy

April 11, 2011 @ 10:49 AM -- by

Are you missing a tooth? Maybe you’re missing multiple teeth? If that’s the case, you should consider getting dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into your jawbone and soft tissues. Newport Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. James Correa has a great deal of experience when it comes to dealing with missing teeth. He knows that in some cases, people will need additional treatments in order to be eligible to receive dental implants.

You see, when you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, there is a chance of bone loss and gum tissue loss. This occurs in the area of the tooth gap. Since there is no root in the jawbone and gum tissue, the bone and the gums will recede. There is also the chance that your other teeth will shift out of place.

In order to get Newport Beach dental implants, it’s important that a patient has sufficient gum tissue and bone density in the jaw. For this reason, bone grafting is available for building up bone density. For the soft tissues in the mouth, laser gum therapy can be used. Laser gum therapy will help remove poor gum tissue and help promote the healing and development of healthier gum tissue. By combining both bone grafting and gum grafting and laser gum therapy, you can have the proper foundation set for housing dental implants.

Because of the issues related to bone density and gum tissue health, it’s important that you speak with your dentist about dental implants to find out if you are a client. If you gum tissue and bone density require some additional building up, then these additional procedures can help. It should be noted that they will both add some treatment time to the dental implants process, which is itself roughly six to nine months long.

To learn more about implant dentistry as well as laser gum therapy and how it can help you, contact our Newport Beach cosmetic dentistry practice today.