The main cause of periodontal disease is bacteria in the form of a sticky, colourless plaque that forms on your teeth. However, many factors can cause periodontal disease or influence its progression.

Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed and spaces called pockets develop. Eventually, too much bone is lost, and the teeth need to be extracted.

As your periodontist I may recommend a regenerative procedure because the bone supporting your teeth has been damaged or destroyed. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.

Periodontal defects

Defects following cyst or tumor removal

During this procedure, we fold back the gum tissue and remove the disease-causing bacteria. Membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue. There are many options to enhance support for your teeth and to restore your bone to a healthy level. as your periodontist, I will discuss the best options with you.

Eliminating existing bacteria and regenerating bone and tissue helps to reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease. With a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional care, you'll increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth - and decrease the chances of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.

Further Information:
Preserving Tissue Using Biotechnology | Guided Bone Regeneration