Bone regeneration is a periodontal surgical procedure that regenerates jaw bone and tissue in order to correct the damage caused by periodontal disease. Bone regeneration is often performed to protect your existing teeth and the soft tissues that keep them in place so that you can experience an enhanced quality of life as a direct result of improved health, function, and appearance.
What Causes Bone Loss?
Bone loss is a common consequence of loss of teeth and chronic periodontitis. In the case of periodontitis, the bacteria gradually eats away at the underlying jawbone and at the periodontal ligaments that connect the tooth to the bone. The most common cause of bone loss is tooth loss, especially multiple teeth. Jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. When that is removed through tooth loss, the bone resorbs into the body. In the first year after tooth extraction 25 percent of bone is lost, and this bone loss continues on.
Bone Regeneration For Dental Implants
Bone regeneration can also benefit patients with missing teeth and those who would not be candidates for dental implants. Dental implants require a significant amount of jawbone prior to the procedure in order to be successful. Bone regeneration can help patients who suffer from a deteriorated jawbone, support their restorations or prepare for an implant dentistry procedure.
Before recommending bone regeneration, you will have a complete consultation and exam. We will evaluate your goals to make sure that this treatment will yield the desired results and review your dental and physical health. If you have an autoimmune disease or a condition that might compromise your body’s ability to heal, you may not be a good candidate for bone regeneration.
Find Out If Bone Regeneration Is Right For You
For more information on bone regeneration contact us today to schedule a consultation and determine if you are a candidate. Call 203-433-0384 for Branford Office or 203-285-8163 for our Milford Office.