Guided Bone and Tissue Regeneration
Tissue Regeneration for Receding Gums in Warrenton, VA
Patients suffering from receding gums and gum disease are at a much greater risk of experiencing bone loss than those with good oral health. Gum disease causes the tissue to recede and the bone that surrounds your teeth to weaken, which increases the likelihood of tooth loss overtime. Once the bone has been weakened to such an extent, dental implants cannot be put in place unless the lost bone mass has been replaced. Luckily, there are several proven techniques that Dr. Nina Hirshman can use to regenerate lost bone and soft tissue to provide needed support for your teeth or dental implants.
What is guided tissue regeneration?
Usually bone and gum tissue fit closely together. However, when periodontal disease is present, the bacteria can cause tissue detachment and destroy the gum and underlying bone structures that hold your teeth in place. If the bone becomes damaged to the point where your teeth begin to loosen or shift, extractions may be necessary.
Unlike a bone graft, guided tissue regeneration does not require that any bone be removed from other parts of the patient’s body. Instead, Dr. Hirshman will use materials such as membrane barriers, tissue stimulating proteins, or growth factor gels to stimulate regrowth of the gum tissue and jaw bone. In some of the more severe cases, a bone graft may be used to help the regeneration process. However, this is not always the case. The goal of guided tissue regeneration is to promote regrowth of soft tissue and bone or to preserve a space for bone to grow into.
What are the benefits of guided tissue regeneration?
Guided tissue regeneration helps your body to regrow bone and gum tissue that has been lost or damaged by gum disease. By repairing this damage, guided tissue regeneration can restore your teeth’s support structures and reduce the risk of tooth loss or extraction.
If you have experienced receding gums and bone loss due to periodontal disease, then you may be a candidate for guided tissue regeneration. To learn more about how we can repair damage caused by gum disease in Warrenton, VA, contact Dr. Hirshman to schedule your consultation today!