Periodontal disease wreaks havoc on your dental health, destroying your gums, connective tissue, and the bone that supports your teeth. Restoring bone and gum tissue is critical to return the health of your smile yet these hard and soft tissues grow and heal at different rates. Dr. Thomas A. Bissell incorporates guided tissue regeneration into bone grafting in Chester, NJ, in order to direct and expedite the process.
The bacteria associated with gum disease widen the periodontal pockets and attack the bone. Dr. Bissell must remove the bacteria, smooth the bone, and trim the diseased gum tissue. This process encourages the soft tissue to reattach to the bone. Some of the bone, however, may be lost and we must ensure that the soft tissue does not grow into the empty spaces. Therefore, in a technique called accelerated bone grafting (or guided tissue regeneration), a membrane is inserted between the bone and gums to maintain the proper shape for the gum tissue, while it reattaches. This membrane can then be absorbed by the body or removed later when bone grafting materials are placed at the site.
The Importance of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is an excellent treatment to replace the bone volume lost to prolonged periodontal disease. Dr. Bissell utilizes bone grafting materials to encourage the regeneration of bone. Over time, these materials fuse with the existing bone to augment bone density. Optimizing bone density helps to protect you from osteoporosis and helps maintain your facial structure. It is also essential for the placement of dental implants. The foundation of a dental implant is the titanium post. This post is inserted into the jaw bone, where it integrates with the bone, forging a stable, permanent base, similar to a tooth root. Without the additional bone volume provided by bone grafting, dental implants would fail.
If you want to learn more about bone grafting in Chester, NJ, or dental implants, call our office today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas A. Bissell and take the first step to a beautiful, healthy smile.