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Regenerative Procedures


Regenerative procedures aimed at restoring bone and tissue loss due to periodontal disease can help to reduce and even reverse the unpleasant effects of periodontal disease. Regenerative procedures will allow your periodontist to better access the disease-causing bacteria present below the gum line. Examples of regenerative procedures include bone grafts (see our bone grafting page), membranes (filters) and tissue stimulating proteins. Regenerative procedures encourage the body to regenerate lost bone and tissue, which happens in a natural process.


During regenerative procedures it is necessary to eliminate the existing bacteria because it promotes healing and repair to areas that have been damaged by periodontal disease. The combination of good daily oral hygiene and professional periodontal maintenance care, the progression of periodontal disease can be stopped and even some of the effects reversed. Preventing periodontal disease from becoming too severe is a critical step that you must take if you wish to keep your natural teeth.

How Well Do Regenerative Procedures Work?


The long-term results of regenerative procedures rely heavily on a number of factors such as whether or not the patient is a smoker and whether or not they undergo regular routine periodontal maintenance.

Regenerative procedures like grafting are highly effective at encouraging to the growth of bone and tissue lost to periodontal disease. After gum grafting your periodontist may utilize a platelet-rich plasma to promote and further encourage bone and tissue growth.

Regenerative procedures take the concept of tissue engineering and repair and put it to work to restore gum tissue and bone to a healthy state that allows for continued healing and growth of the surrounding tissues.

Regenerative Procedures


There are many regenerative treatment procedures available to help restore the teeth, bone and gums to a healthy state. Here are the most commonly used:

•  Gum tissue regeneration – Gum tissue regeneration is the same as gum grafting. It is the process of taking gum tissue from somewhere in the mouth (often the roof of the mouth) or from a donor and attaching to the area being repaired.
•  Bone regeneration – One of the best ways to thicken the jawbone and promote growth is by natural bone regeneration (or bone grafting). Treatments like dental implants, used to restore the smile after losing teeth to periodontal disease, depend on an adequate amount of bone to provide support to the implant. Bone grafting can undo the effects of periodontal disease by restoring the jaw’s thickness.
•  Scaling & Root Planing – Scaling and planing is a surgical process by which plaque and tartar buildup are removed not only from the exposed portion of the tooth (the crown), but all the way below the gum line to the end of the root where it meets the jaw bone.
•  Pocket reduction – Pocket reduction surgery is done in an effort to reduce the size of the gum pocket to make it more difficult for harmful bacteria to get in and cause damage.

If you are suffering with the unsightly and potentially uncomfortable effects of periodontal gum disease contact Midwest Periodontics and see how we can, with the help of regenerative materials and procedures, give you back a smile that you can be proud of.
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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
1006 W St Maartens Dr, Suite A
St Joseph, MO 64506

(816) 207-4005





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