A lot is riding on your oral health. Poor mouth health has been shown to have connections with a wide variety of other health problems, ranging from heart disease, to diabetes, to Alzheimer's, to oral thrush, strep throat, bodily inflammations, and halitosis (chronic bad breath.) One recent study even suggests a possible link with esophageal cancer.
You may be aware that periodontal surgery can help restore a badly receding gum line, but perhaps less known is the fact that your periodontist can also correct an excessively high gum line through the procedure called crown lengthening.
Bruxism, more commonly referred to as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, is a chronic and potentially serious condition that affects anywhere from 8% to 31% of the US population. It may seem like merely a bad habit that could easily be kicked and like something that couldn't do much damage anyway.
In an earlier post, we mentioned 5 top advantages of getting dental implants; but in reality, there are other benefits that go beyond these five. Dental implants are generally superior to removable dentures, bridges, and other tooth restoration options. They give you the look, feel, function, and comfort of natural teeth and avoid many of the problems of the alternatives.
Bone grafts can often become necessary in an number of different dental situations, and in fact there are three common types of bone grafts and a half-dozen or so reasons for needing one. Here we will focus on the two most commons reasons for dental bone grafts.