If gum disease is not kept in check, it can cause loss of gum and bone tissue and eventually teeth. Dental implants are the best replacement for missing teeth in most cases, but if bone loss is severe enough, this may not be possible without rebuilding that bone structure. Fortunately, Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose has advanced treatments to counter bone resorption process and regenerate lost bone and gum tissue.
In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the structures that surround and support your teeth degenerate, causing lasting damage that cannot adequately heal on its own. Deep pockets form around the roots of the teeth, providing a safe harbor for bacteria, which continue to damage and infect your gums. The gum tissue recedes, exposing the tooth roots. And the jawbone itself degenerates, leaving your teeth unsupported.
This bone and gum tissue loss has serious effects on oral health, including the loosening and possible loss of teeth. Once teeth are lost, bone structure continues to atrophy along the alveolar ridge. If the bone is damaged badly enough, it cannot support a dental implant, meaning lost teeth can't be replaced without surgical intervention. In order to restore bone and gingival tissue damaged by periodontal disease and resorption, Dr. Rose offers guided bone and tissue regeneration for patients who are candidates for dental implants.
Guided bone regeneration is a technique by which your jawbone is encouraged to grow back into the desired shape to support dental implants. In a normal, healthy jaw, each tooth sits in a small bone well, which snugly surrounds the tooth roots and supports the gum tissue above it. After experiencing periodontal disease, these bone wells can be worn away. Without the support of the encircling bone, teeth become loose and fall out. The guided bone regeneration process restores the natural shape and structure of the jawbone. The bone bonds directly with the post of the implant, forming a solid foundation for dental prosthetics including replacement teeth and fixed dentures.
In guided bone regeneration, a barrier membrane is surgically placed over the damaged area of the bone. This barrier promotes bone growth and holds a space for the bone to grow into, allowing your jawbone to return to full strength and health. The barrier can be made of materials which your body will absorb over time, or of materials which must eventually be removed. Guided bone regeneration is often paired with bone grafts, using either pieces of your own bone, donated grafts from a tissue bank, or artificial substances which encourage bone growth. With a successful surgical intervention, the process of bone loss can be reversed, allowing you to receive dental implants where it would not otherwise have been possible.
Ensuring the strength and integrity of the jawbone is a critical first step in restorative dental treatments. In order to restore your smile and your oral health, Dr. Rose offers the latest and most effective techniques, including guided bone regeneration. With over thirty-five years in the periodontal field, Dr. Rose is consistently ranked among the top periodontists in the Washington, DC area and is committed to providing the most competent and compassionate care possible. If you suffer from tooth loss due to periodontal disease, please schedule an assessment with Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington to determine whether dental implants and guided bone regeneration are right for you. We're conveniently located in Chevy Chase, Maryland.