Periodontal disease is an extremely serious progressive condition which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal disease occurs when a bacterial infection in the gum pockets causes the bone and gum tissue to recede away from the teeth. The quality and quantity of bone and gum tissue is greatly reduced as the gum pockets continue to deepen. Fortunately, prompt diagnosis combined with effective regenerative procedures can halt the progression of the disease and save the teeth.
There are many regenerative periodontal procedures available to restore health to the gums, bone and teeth. The following are the most commonly used regenerative procedures:
It is often possible to partially regenerate the bone around natural teeth that has been lost to the destruction of periodontal disease. When bone can be repaired the teeth are stengthened and the prognosis for long term retention of the teeth is significantly improved. Please view the section on bone grafting for more details.
Dental implants and other restorative procedures depend on the jawbone being sufficiently strong and thick. When periodontal disease has taken hold, the jawbone may have become too thin to successfully support an implant. Bone regeneration (or bone grafting) is one of the best ways to promote growth and thicken the jawbone.
Gum Tissue Regeneration
Gum tissue regeneration is usually performed by way of gum grafting. When gum tissue has been lost as a result of periodontal disease, the smile may appear discolored, toothy or unpleasant and the teeth may become sensitive. A gum graft aims to symmetrically contour the gum line, cover any exposed tooth roots and restore health to the gums. Please view the section on gum grafting for more details.
If you have any questions about regenerative procedures or periodontal disease, please ask us.