Periodontal Regeneration (Bone and Tissue)
In many instances, it is possible to rebuild some of the bone and supporting tissue that are lost as a result of periodontal disease.
Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck around your neck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed and pockets develop. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will become loose and eventually may be lost.
Dr. Serra may recommend a regenerative procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.
During this procedure, Dr. Serra will make a small incision where the tooth and the gums meet. This will allow Dr. Serra to directly visualize the infection and remove any bacteria and infected tissue in the affected area. Membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.
There are many options to enhance support for your teeth and to restore your bone to a healthy level. Dr. Serra will discuss the best options with you.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Eliminating existing bacteria and regenerating bone and tissue helps to reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease. With a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, you will increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth – and decrease the chances of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.