Periodontal disease often results in the destruction of significant amounts of bone
which supports the teeth. In later stages of the disease, the extreme bone
loss leads to mobility or looseness of the teeth and a subsequent loss of the ability to
Periodontics has for the last 25 years been improving the technologies necessary to
regenerate lost bone and restore teeth to their function. In certain types of bone
loss situations, we are able to regenerate 100% of the lost bone. The average amount
restored, however is usually between 60 and 75 percent.
Briefly the techniques of flap surgery are usually employed.
After the area has been thoroughly cleansed one of several techniques are used to
regenerate the bone. By far, the most commonly used procedure is a "bone
graft" where either your own bone, allograft (bone from another person) or a
synthetic material is placed into the area to be regenerated. Procedures that
aid us in bone regeneration include: