Gum disease is perhaps the most common human disease. It can increase your risks of stroke and heart disease as well as disfigure your smile and cause you pain. And while treatment of gum disease can be successful, recurrence is a real problem, and even with success, teeth are left in a weakened state because of the bone loss.

Implants have a great track record of success. They are not susceptible to decay or root canal problems.

Is it time to abandon saving teeth and just place implants? The art of saving teeth seems to be becoming a lost one. Maybe it’s time to give it up altogether?

Dr. Arthur Neckritz is a periodontist and educator. We shared many cases over a 12 year period, with both implants and tooth saving procedures. In this episode we hear his views on problems you may be facing.