Soft Tissue Regeneration
Your gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a buttoned up shirt collar around your neck. In some instances, due to factors such as agressive tooth brushing, a root that sticks out over outside the bone or from periodontal disease. This leaves the supporting gum tissue receded and bone is lost as it recedes too. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth or an implant may have to be extracted. Regeneration of the gum tissue or bone is often recommended to regain some of the lost hard (bone) and soft (gum) tissues which have been lost. These procedures can typically stop and sometimes reverse some or all of the damage, by stimulating your body to reproduce the lost tissue. Tissue or bone regeneration or using tissue-stimulating proteins (see Gem 21/ PDGF section of Technology) can be used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.
What are the benefits of these procedures?
Eliminating bacteria and regenerating gum and bone and tissue help to reduce the gum pocket depth and repair the damage caused by recession or the progression of periodontal disease. With a combination of daily through cleaning at home and professional maintenance care, you increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth and are less likely to experience the serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.
Dr Kammeyer recommends either using your own tissue, donated tissue or growth factors based on what type of problem is being treated.