Regeneration of Missing Bone
Replacement of Missing Bone Around Teeth when possible.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease often results in the development of bone craters around the teeth that contribute to periodontal pockets and reduce the available access for cleaning. In some situations, the bone craters have a specific shape that allows for the regrowth of the bone that has been lost. The procedure involves the placement of a small membrane under the gums that dissolves with time over bone particles that have been placed into the bone crater. The source of bone might be from some other site in the mouth, purchased from a bone bank or in some cases commercially available synthetic bone substitutes can be used. Bone healing is a slow process that occurs over several months so one or two professional cleanings are usually recommended while the healing is occurring.