Regenerative procedures are another way to reduce pockets around the teeth but can only be used in certain circumstances. Using different techniques and materials such membranes, bone grafts, gels etc, the tissues can be encouraged to regenerate – the ligament, bone and cementum (part of the tooth) back to its original anatomy. These procedures have varying degrees of success and will be recommended if you are a candidate.
During this procedure, your periodontist folds back the gum tissue and removes the disease-causing bacteria and cleans out any defects. Membranes, bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue. 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 other health problems associated with periodontal disease.