Periodontal regenerative procedures include any procedure that helps restore health to bone and gum tissue. Dr. Michael Whang may recommend one of these procedures when periodontal disease has destroyed the bone that supports your teeth. Gum tissue regeneration is among the most common type of procedure performed by a dentist specializing in periodontics.
Symptoms and risk factors of periodontal disease
The most common indications of periodontal disease include:
- Tender, red, swollen or bleeding gums due to lacking bone
- Some teeth appear longer than others
- Receding gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath despite regular brushing and use of mouthwash
- Pain when chewing
Additionally, certain risk factors can increase the progression of periodontal disease and the age at which you’re diagnosed with it. These risk factors include:
- Hormonal changes in women and girls
- AIDS or cancer
- Any medication that reduces the flow of saliva
- Genetic predisposition
What happens during a periodontal regenerative procedure?
During this procedure, Dr. Whang folds back your gum tissue and removes the bacteria causing disease. He then completes a bone graft to stimulate proteins that encourage your body to regenerate the bone and tissue you have lost to periodontal disease. Eliminating excess bacteria and regenerating new bone and tissue reduce pocket depth on your gums. Regeneration surgery to put tissue back and extra tissue to fill it up, along with an excellent oral hygiene routine, reduces the likelihood that you will need teeth extracted in the future.
Periodontal regenerative procedure in Pacific Palisades
If you have any of the risk factors or symptoms of periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to contact Dentistry by Design for an immediate evaluation. For gum tissue regeneration or other periodontal procedures in Pacific Palisades, our staff knows what to do to reverse damage already done or reduce your risks. Keeping your teeth for life is worth calling us today!