Researchers estimate that over 65 million Americans have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has three stages. While most people have stage one of periodontal disease, which is the mildest form, millions of Americans have the more serious form. When you have stage two or three of periodontal disease, you can begin to lose your gum tissue. We want to prevent that from happening because when you lose gum tissue, you can begin to lose jawbone. If you are worried about losing your jawbone, we can help. Let Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry talk to you about bone regeneration.
What Happens During Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease and gum disease are the same thing. Periodontal disease has three stages. The mildest stage is called stage one or gingivitis. You may notice if you have gingivitis that your gums are swollen and red. They might bleed when you are flossing your teeth or even brushing them. We can treat gingivitis quite easily through a good dental cleaning program and good oral hygiene. However, if your gum disease progresses to stage two or three, your gums become too infected to cure completely. That’s because the bacterial infection has gotten inside your gums and has caused damage. Usually, that damage shows up because the bacterial infection creates spaces between your gums and teeth. These pockets can contain bacteria, which cause more damage. By stage three, the infection in your gums is so bad; you can begin to lose teeth.
Can Bone Be Regenerated?
While we can’t totally repair the damage left by periodontal disease, we can help your bones regenerate. We first need to make sure your gums are completely free of infection before we can begin the process. To treat your infection, we need to first move your gum tissue to treat it. As soon as we have any infection under control, we can then do a bone graft.
We love bone grafts because they help us regenerate bone and gum tissue. To do a bone graft, we move your gum tissue to prepare the bone graft. We can place the bone graft along the jawline where your bone has been damaged by tooth decay or gum disease. Wondering where we get the bone? We can actually get the bone from you - either in your mouth itself or in other areas of your body. We can also use animal bone or bone from a cadaver. When we have placed bone grafts close to the jawbone, we protect them with a piece of membrane, so that your body can use it to regenerate bone and gum tissue as quickly as possible.
Once we know for sure that you are a good candidate for bone regeneration, we can use this technique to improve the health of your mouth. This procedure may help to keep your mouth in good shape for years. If you think you’re a good candidate, give Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry a call at 508-441-4154 and let us make you an appointment. We’d love to talk to you about the bone regeneration procedure.