No one likes to hear the news "this tooth cannot be saved and will have to be removed." Far better if you can prevent tooth decay to begin with or at least salvage your original tooth via root canal surgery. But there are times when there is no other option than an extraction, followed by a dental implant and crown.
One of the more recent innovations in modern dentistry is called the pinhole surgical technique - or PST grafts. This is one of the most modern ways of dealing with periodontal disease, though not the only modern method.
Gum disease is a big problem in the US today, due to a number of factors including our less than healthy modern lifestyle. Everyone needs to take care to protect their precious periodontal tissue or to act quickly to treat gum problems should they occur.
When it comes to preserving a natural smile for life, most people immediately think of teeth. But the fact is, periodontal (gum) tissues that surround those teeth affect your smile just as much. And they also are just as key to maintaining good oral health.