Regenerative Procedures

Regenerative Procedures in Houston

Periodontal disease is an extremely serious progressive condition that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal disease occurs when a bacterial infection in the gum pockets causes bone and gum recession away from the teeth. The quality and quantity of bone and gum tissue are greatly reduced as gum pockets deepen. Fortunately, prompt diagnosis and effective regenerative procedures can halt the progression of gum disease and save the teeth.

Many regenerative dental procedures can restore health to the gums, bone and teeth:

Bone regeneration

Dental implants and other restorative procedures depend on the jawbone being sufficiently strong and thick. When periodontal disease has taken hold, the jawbone may have become too thin to successfully support dental implants. Natural bone regeneration (or bone grafting) is one of the best ways to promote growth and thicken the jawbone.

Initially, bone grafting material is obtained from elsewhere on the body or from a bone bank. Tissue stimulating proteins and a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection may be applied to promote faster healing. The bone will naturally regenerate and become strong enough to eventually support dental implants.

Gum tissue regeneration

Gum tissue regeneration is usually performed by way of gum grafting. When gum tissue has been lost due to periodontal disease or other causes, the smile may appear discolored, “toothy” or unpleasant. Gum grafting symmetrically contours the gum line, covers any exposed tooth roots, protects the bone and restores health to the gums. Dr. Munné covers the surgical site with a protective membrane to promote tissue regeneration and applies platelet-rich growth factor (PRP injection) to stimulate tissue growth. The soft tissue surrounding the teeth naturally regenerates for a healthier and younger-looking smile.

Pocket reduction surgery

The aim of pocket reduction surgery is to reduce the depth of gum pockets and make it much harder for bacteria to invade the gum tissue. Extensive scraping may be required to fully remove plaque, debris and tartar from below the gum line. Pocket reduction surgery is very effective for halting gum disease tissue loss and promoting the natural healing of gums.

Scaling & root planing

The term “periodontal scaling” refers to the removal of plaque and calculus (tartar) from the region below the gum line. Dr. Munné usually conducts this treatment during routine professional cleaning under local anesthetic. Root planing usually accompanies scaling and is also performed below the gum line to smooth out the roots. We remove tartar and toxins and then smooth the tooth root to promote healing in the gum tissue. Planing the tooth root provides a smooth area, which prevents bacteria from returning. If these procedures do not completely eliminate infection, surgical measures may be required.

Discover the benefits of regenerative procedures from periodontist Anna Munné, DDS. Call 713-795-4666 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. Our regenerative procedure patients come to us from Brazoria County, Montgomery County, Harris County and Fort Bend County, TX, including Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City, Pearland, Sugar Land, The Woodlands and nearby communities.