Regeneration and Bone Grafting in Encino, CA
Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck around your neck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone are destroyed and pockets develop. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.
The doctor may recommend a regenerative procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.
During this procedure, the doctor folds back the gum tissue and removes 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. Dr. Grasu will discuss your best options with you.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
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 maintenance care, you’ll increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth – and decrease the chances of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.
Bone Grafting and Regeneration procedures aim at restoring the periodontal bone and soft tissue attachment to the roots of the teeth. A number of conditions need to be met in order for the bone grafting to be successful. First, the roots need to be free of bacteria and toxins. There needs to be a source of host cells that will grow and create the new periodontal attachment to the root.
Bone grafting can be predictable when the shape of the bone defect is like a well, or with walls of bone around the bone loss area. This type of bone loss is not the most common type of bone loss; therefore bone grafting is not possible in all situations. The walls of bone are needed to provide a source of the live cells needed to nourish and sustain the grafted area.
Root preparation goes beyond proper cleaning and removal of toxins. Certain products are used to enhance attachment of cells to the newly cleaned roots. Then bone particles are “packed” into the bone defect. The cells from the surrounding bone grow into the grafted area and eventually replace it with new bone.
Bone Grafting – Before
Bone Grafting – After