Posted on 9/30/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
For some patients with periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, the bone in their jaw has been severely damaged. To help in this situation, your periodontist may have discussed a regenerative procedure to assist in the growth and support of your jaw bone.
It is very important for a patient to maintain a healthy bone volume. Healthy bone helps keep your teeth in place or it will also allow a patient to consider a dental implant in the event of losing a tooth. We want to help ensure that a patient can seek future implants if necessary and the the bone is in its best possible condition. We can discuss procedures that are performed in office to reverse some of the damage that has been done due to infection in your bone by regenerating the lost bone and tissue.
How is the regenerative bone procedure done?
Regenerating your lost bone tissue begins with removing the disease causing bacteria. To do this, your periodontist gains direct access through a surgical process of folding back the gum tissue and directing removing the irritant.
The periodontist will then place bone grafting membranes, also known as filters, or tissue-stimulating proteins which is used to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue. The healing time, along with regrowth time, can take three to six months to note the difference.
By eliminating the existing bacteria filled irritant, along with regenerating a patient's bone and tissue, we can help reduce the pocket depth and repair damage that has been caused through the progression of gum disease.
Through a combination of diligent daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, along with professional maintenance care provided by your dentist or a periodontist, you'll significantly increase the odds of retaining your natural teeth, and can even reduce the chances of health issues that have been associated with gum disease.