We can regenerate bone lost as a result of gum disease through Regenerative Therapy.
Regenerative procedures are used to promote formation of new bone around the affected tooth root. Originally bone grafting made use of autogenous (your own) bone, but as this involved 'harvesting' the bone from a second surgical site, new materials were sought to eliminate this problem. There are now many regenerative products available, with clinical and histological data to support their use in particular circumstances. Various bone scaffolds, membranes, enamel matrix derivative and growth factors are now available. The different surgical techniques and combinations of regenerative products have been shown to work effectively, particularly where there has been localised bone loss around individual teeth. 3D scanning or CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) allows us to capture 3D images of the teeth and surrounding bone to help with diagnosis and planning. This provides us with accurate information relating to the bone loss pattern and helps us to select the best possible approach to treatment. 3D printing of the area also makes it possible to pre-plan grafts, and pre-form membranes to conform to the defect around the tooth, making the treatment, faster, more comfortable and less invasive. This treatment is available to most healthy patients who generally look after their mouths well. However smoking will jeopardise healing, and ultimately the success of the procedure – If you do smoke then it is important that you refrain from smoking at the time of the treatment, and ideally stop altogether so as to avoid recurrence of the original gum problem.