Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck around your neck. Periodontal disease causes bone loss around teeth, which can increase the chances for tooth loss. Once a tooth has been lost, the supporting jaw bone will disappear over time. However, simple techniques are now available to regrow lost bone, provide support for dental implants, or to improve esthetics beneath a fixed bridge.
Today, it is often possible to re-grow or regenerate bone where we need it for the support of dental implants. This, in turn, gives us the opportunity to more effectively restore esthetics and function to their natural state. Bone grafts can be from your own bone, tissue bank, or synthetic materials. The goal of each of these treatment options is to stimulate the body to grow new bone or to hold the space for the bone to regenerate into.
This regenerative technology lends itself to a technique called ridge preservation. This is the careful management of sockets after tooth extraction with the goal of preventing unsightly bone indentations or “defects” and a better cosmetic outcome of tooth replacement.