Periodontal disease causes destruction of the supporting tissue and bone around and below the teeth. Over time, deep pockets develop and become breeding grounds for infection and decay. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need extraction.
A regenerative procedure may be needed when bone around the teeth has been destroyed. Regenerative surgery can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue. The procedure involves folding back the gum tissue and removing the disease-causing bacteria. Membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.
Regeneration of the bone and tissue, along with a strict home care program and increased professional cleanings will greatly reduce the possibility of tooth loss.