Dr. Ramirez may recommend a regenerative procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed. These procedures can reverse some of the damage that has been caused by the periodontal disease by reconstructing the lost bone and/or gum tissues.
Periodontal bone regeneration procedures are referred to as guided tissue regeneration. The goals of a guided tissue regeneration procedure are to rebuild the bone supporting the teeth and to reestablish the ligament attachment from the bone to the previously diseased root surface. This is usually performed by carefully exposing the roots of the teeth and removing the disease-causing bacteria. Membranes (filters), bone grafts and/or tissue-stimulating proteins are placed into the defects in the jawbone to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue. The membranes or tissue-stimulating proteins allow the slow-growing bone to be isolated from the fast-growing soft tissues, thus guiding which tissues are regenerated and where.
The far left x-ray above shows a defect in the jawbone adjacent to the molar tooth. This defect is associated with a very deep pocket that can not be properly cleaned and can eventually lead to tooth loss. The middle x-ray outlines the area from the first x-ray where the bone graft was placed. The final x-ray on the right shows the regenerated bone after a bone grafting procedure.
There are many regenerative treatment options available to enhance the support for your teeth and to restore your bone to a healthy level.