When you’ve lost the precious gum tissue and bone that surround your teeth, you’ll be faced with some critical choices in order to save your smile. That’s because your teeth are completely dependent on the support of the gums and underlying bone for stability. Once bone loss and gum recession have occurred, the body is unable to re-grow those tissues without a dental surgery procedure, and the teeth are at risk of being lost.
This type of damage typically occurs as a result of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Whereas the gums and bone would normally hold tight to each tooth, periodontal disease causes the tissues to pull away from the teeth, revealing the root surface and creating pockets in the gums that can harbor destructive bacteria.
Once bone loss and gum recession have occurred, the body is unable to re-grow those tissues without a dental surgery procedure, and the teeth are at risk of being lost.
To correct such extensive damage, restore your health, and preserve your natural teeth, your periodontist may recommend a regenerative procedure. In an extraordinary process, it is possible to reverse much of the damage and encourage the growth of new, healthy bone and gum tissue.
During this delicate and precise surgical procedure, the gum tissue is gently pulled away and the bacterial plaque and tarter buildup is removed. Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned, membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins may be used to encourage the body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and gum tissue.
The gum tissue may need to be sutured into place and you will receive instructions on how to care for the area during the healing process.
Without the proper support system, tooth loss is inevitable. Fortunately, there are numerous options to restore your support system even after it has been damaged by gum disease. Choosing a dental surgery such as a regenerative procedure provides you with a new opportunity to preserve as much of your natural smile as possible.
To find out if this procedure is right for you, contact the Dallas office of Dr. Beth Tomlin at 214-522-9700 to schedule a personalized consultation today.