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Periodontal Pockets Ask The Dentist Marie Schweinebraten Question:
Deep Pockets - Can I save the teeth: I have deep pockets.

Is it possible to do bone graft to fill the pockets if the roots have deteriorated? ... Visitor from FL

Answer:
Tough question! There are so many variables it's hard to know where to start.

Bone grafting has come a long way and can help to stabilize teeth but it often depends on how much of your tooth root is still encased in bone.

You really need to be thinking of the big picture. At our office, we would check every tooth and every surface so that we had an idea of what the overall success of the grafts would mean to your stability.

You may need the grafts but you may also need to lose a few teeth so that a final long-term restoration can be completed.

Don't let someone focus on just part of your mouth, and leave the rest to someone else.

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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