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Question:
Braces and bone loss: I have a gap between my two front teeth. I am scheduled to get braces next week.

I have 30% bone loss with one of my front teeth due to periodontal disease. Will my tooth fall out? I have the disease under control now, but I'm so afraid of losing my tooth. ... Visitor from Lancaster

Answer:
It would be a good idea to get a consult with an "expert" on oral tissues.... namely a Periodontist.

30% bone loss is significant. Some dentists would not recommend ortho treatment until ALL instances of gum disease are eliminated. Being "controlled" is not sufficient..

A primary concern is the amount of bone loss, current state of periodontal attachment and current soft tissue quantity associated with the compromised tooth.

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