Gum disease has traditionally been treated by eliminating the deep pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven bone tissue. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely today. One of these procedures is guided bone regeneration, also referred to as guided tissue regeneration. This procedure is used to stabilize teeth with isolated advanced bone loss.
Bone regeneration may be the last option to save an endangered tooth. During this surgical procedure, the pockets are cleaned thoroughly, and a grafting material is placed between the root of the tooth and the pocket in the bone. The grafting material will allow the slow-growing bone to begin to grow, or "regenerate" itself, and with time the newly formed bone will replace the graft and its covering barrier.
The effectiveness of the procedure generally depends on the patient's willingness to follow a strict postoperative diet and meticulous oral care. Dr. Berkovich will help you determine if bone regeneration surgery is right for you.
If you have any questions about the types of services we provide that you would like answered before you visit, please feel free to contact us. The San Francisco Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants team looks forward to meeting you and putting you on the path to the perfect smile.