What Is Bone Regeneration?
Bone regeneration is a surgical procedure performed by periodontists that attempts to reverse the damage caused by periodontal disease. The process involves the regrowth of the jaw bone and soft tissue that have been damaged, usually with the aim of preparing the site for dental implants or other tooth replacement options.
How Does Bone Regeneration Work?
The procedure for bone regeneration is fairly straightforward. First the teeth are scaled and planed. This removes the plaque, debris, and bacteria that might cause infection. A membrane is then inserted in between the gum and bone to keep each one separate. Not only does this prevent the gum from interfering with the bone, but it also allows the bone to grow back faster. Providing the bone space to grow allows it to grow back naturally, and may be preferable to bone grafts for certain patients or in certain situations. Unlike bone grafts, bone regeneration does not involve the addition of any substitute bone, instead it facilitates the body’s natural healing process.
Bone regeneration techniques are sometimes combined with bone grafting to help ensure the bone is strong enough to support dental implants or other tooth replacements.
What are the Benefits of Bone Regeneration?
There are many health and cosmetic benefits that patients can experience with bone regeneration. Some of them include:
- Restore the shape of the face and mouth
- Prevent sagging and wrinkling of face and mouth
- Prevent future bone loss
- Prevent future tooth loss
- Provide foundation for bone grafts
- Provide foundation for dental implants or other tooth replacement
- Help protect gums and provide support for temporary tooth replacements
- Easier time speaking
- Easier time eating
Many patients who use bone regeneration are preparing for permanent tooth replacements. In order to replace lost or broken teeth, the jawbone must be strong enough to support the replacement. This applies to dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Bone regeneration may also be used to supplement or replace bone grafting, depending on a patients specific circumstances.
Should I get Bone Regeneration?
If you experience bone loss from lost or missing teeth, then you may be a candidate for bone regeneration. The choice to utilize bone regeneration, bone grafts, or both is one that should be made in consultation with a qualified periodontist. A qualified periodontist will be able to help you determine the best way to restore lost bone in the jaw and ensure the best chance for success. Dr. Kathleen A. Stambaugh is a periodontal and implantology specialist in Burlington, WA. Her practice specializes in the treatment of gum disease including cosmetic procedures to aesthetically enhance your smile, and replace missing teeth using dental implant technology. She also diagnoses and treats oral pathology.
With over 55 years of research and practice, Pericowest Periodontics provides cutting edge implant and periodontal disease services and treatments. Kathleen A. Stambaugh’s office is nestled in the city of Burlington, surrounded by farm fields and foothills, providing a calm and serene place of practice that is reflected in the patients’ treatment experience.