The primary goal during the treatment of periodontal disease is always restoration. This applies to both surgical and non-surgical interventions. Our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS always puts our patients first and strive to restore the health of your teeth and gums.
The cumulative process of treating your periodontal disease and restoring your oral health is called periodontal regeneration. Periodontal regeneration is accomplished through various procedures and treatments. It also requires that you practice good oral hygiene habits.
What Is Periodontal Regeneration?
Periodontal regeneration occurs by treating your symptoms and removing the plaque and tartar that has accumulated on your teeth. This build-up of material is the source of inflammation and infection. An antibiotic may also be utilized if the infection is severe. Periodontal regeneration may even require surgical procedures to remove damaged tissue and repair your jawbone.
After the bacteria is controlled and the damaged tissue is repaired, our team can begin to reverse the effects of periodontal disease. During the recovery process, your cells will begin to fuse with the grafted bone and new soft tissue. As this occurs, your jawbone will become stronger and your teeth will become more stable.
Periodontal disease does not develop overnight. It progresses over months and even years as a result of prolonged neglect of your oral health. Our professionals can restore your smile and treat your gum disease. However, complete regeneration is an ongoing process that will take multiple treatments to achieve.
What Do Regeneration Procedures Involve?
During your initial visit, our professionals will ensure that your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and scaled. They will also take measurements of the pockets between your teeth and gums to determine the severity of your gum disease. Digital imaging will be needed to check for bone density loss and other underlying problems that cannot be observed during a visual exam.
Once our team determines the severity of your gum disease, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan. This will involve non-surgical procedures such as root planing and providing feedback on your oral hygiene habits. Your practice of good oral hygiene habits between visits to our office is vital to the regeneration process.
In addition to non-surgical treatment, our team can employ a number of surgical procedures to achieve total regeneration. This will involve treatments such as pocket reduction surgery or bone grafting. Pocket reduction surgery involves making an incision in your gumline and removing and tartar trapped deep below your gumline. Your gums are then sutured back into place so that the pocket is reduced, and your roots can reattach to your gums.
The most advanced cases of gum disease will require bone grafting and even the removal of damaged tissue. Bone grafting is utilized to improve the strength of your jawbone. A gingivectomy involves removing damaged, potentially infected soft tissue to treat your gum disease. Both of these procedures are necessary parts of the regeneration process.
Whether you have just begun experiencing symptoms of gum disease or have begun to experience tooth loss, repairing your smile is still possible through periodontal regeneration. Our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS can treat all of your periodontal symptoms and get you on your way to a smile you can be proud of. You can reach us by calling our office at 915-213-3455.