More Sophisticated Treatment

Gum disease has traditionally been treated by eliminating the gum 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 advancements is guided bone regeneration, also referred to as guided tissue regeneration. This procedure is used to stabilize endangered teeth or to prepare the jaw for dental implants.

As periodontal disease progresses, pockets of degenerated bone develop in the jaw. These pockets can promote the growth of bacteria and the spread of infection. To address these pockets, Dr. Kadoma may recommend tissue regeneration. During this surgical procedure, the pockets are cleaned thoroughly, and a membrane is installed between the soft tissue and the pocket in the bone. Some of these membranes are bio-absorbable and some require removal. The membrane covers the pocket so that fast-growing soft tissue is blocked, and slower-growing bone can begin to grow, or “regenerate” itself.
We also are able to utilize growth factors such as Gem21 and Emdogain to facilitate the regeneration procedure.

Synthetic Grafting

Gem21, made by Osteohealth, is a completely synthetic grafting system for bone and periodontal regeneration composed of a purified recombinant growth factor and a synthetic calcium phosphate matrix.
Emdogain Gel is a protein matrix effective in the treatment of moderate to advanced periodontitis. A single gel application results in proven regain of clinical attachment and alveolar bone. Patients report enhanced wound healing with Emdogain Gel treatment.

The effectiveness of regenerative procedures generally depend on the patient’s willingness to follow a strict postoperative diet and careful oral care. Dr. Kadoma will help you determine if bone regeneration surgery is right for you.

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