Your jawbone is what supports your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, severe periodontal infection typically results in breakdown of the bone that supports our teeth. This bone loss can eventually lead to the loss of your teeth. The first step in halting this inflammatory process is to remove bacterial plaque and calculus deposits from the teeth and root structures. Then we repair the damage that has occurred. In many cases, various bone grafting techniques can be used to re-grow some of the jawbone that was lost.
Procedure: The periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently opens the area. He then removes remaining bacterial deposits from the root surfaces and repairs the damaged bone by filling in the defect with bone grafting material.
This transparent view of the gums shows the bone loss that has occurred from periodontal disease.
The periodontist gently opens the area and cleans the root surfaces.
He then fills the bone defect with grafting material.
A membrane is placed to hold the material in place.
The periodontist then closes the area and lets it heal.
The bone grafting material will integrate with the bone and the gum will also return to normal.