Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a condition which damages both the gum tissue and the bone that surrounds your teeth. This bone 105s can lead to the loss of teeth if left untreated. The procedure for regenerating bone loss caused by gum disease involves making an incision around the tooth or teeth involved and gently pushing back the gum tissue to gain access to the area needing treatment. After thoroughly cleaning the area free of all plaque and tartar, a bone graft material is placed under the gums. The gums are then sutured back into place. We have bone graft materials on hand, so we do not need to take the bone from you. Over the next few months, the bone that had previously been lost to gum disease will begin to regenerate almost to its original contours.
Regenerative procedures are also used in order to place dental implants. In order to place a dental implant, the bone has to be thick enough to support it. Sometimes when the bone is too thin, we can augment the area with a bone graft in an effort to regain the bone thickness needed. This procedure involves placing the bone graft material under the gum tissue to the desired thickness. The bone graft is sometimes mixed with growth factors to help accentuate the healing process. A membrane is then placed over the bone graft and the area is sutured to allow for undisturbed healing. Think of a membrane as a “Band-Aid” that covers the bone to help hold it in place while healing takes place. Approximately, 3-6 months later the bone will have healed enough to support the placement of a dental implant.