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Regeneration surgery

Periodontal regeneration refers to the restoration of supporting tissues of the teeth such as bone, cementum, and periodontal ligament to their original levels following damage caused by periodontal disease. Your dentist may recommend this procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed due to periodontal disease. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.

What happens during this procedure?

During this procedure, the dentist folds back the gum tissue and the area is thoroughly cleaned out to eliminate disease-causing bacteria. A bone graft and covering membrane is placed in the defect. The gum tissue is then replaced and sutured to hold it in place.

How effective is this procedure?

Regeneration of supporting tooth structures is a huge step up in managing advanced periodontal disease and preventing tooth loss. However it cannot be used in all defects, your dentist can advise you when it is and isn't appropriate.

Since each case is different, it is not possible to predict with certainty which grafts will be successful over the long-term. Treatment results depend on many things, including how far the disease has progressed, how well the patient keeps up with oral care at home, and certain risk factors, such as smoking, which may lower the chances of success.

With a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, you'll increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth and decrease the chances of other health problems associated with periodontal disease.