Tobin Dental News

Taking It On The Jaw

added on: October 17, 2012 | By: Dr. Nancy Tobin

A serious potential consequence of periodontal (advanced inflammation or infection of the gums) is tooth loss due to jaw-bone shrinkage and damage. The latest effort to counter this threat comes in the form of a drug called teriparatide, which has recently been proven to regrow bone in jaws. According to one study, patients with tissue damage caused by periodontitis developed nearly ten times more bone with teriparatide treatment than those receiving daily placebo injections. The significant gains in bone produced by the drug developed over a relatively short six-week period. These improvements were sustained, and even improved upon, over a succeeding 12- month period. This jaw regrowing ability may also prove useful for potential tooth implant patients, who need more foundation bone.

Today’s column reinforces the importance of good dental care. We take great pride in what we do and the services we offer. our purpose is to help people reach and commit to the highest level of dental health personally appropriate to them. Please call us to schedule an appointment. We provide comprehensive care, prevention, and maintenance for a lifetime of smiles. Our welcoming and modern office focuses on each individual patient, attention to detail, and a passion for excellence. We offer a complete selection of procedures, from simple whitening to total smile makeovers. We can give you a smile you’ll be proud to show.

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