Port Charlotte Dentist    Regenerative Procedures    Charlotte County Dentistry

Certain procedures can be used to stimulate growth of new bone. This increases the height of the bone around the tooth, giving it more support. Getting back even half the lost bone height extends the life of the tooth.

Port Charlotte Dentist  Bone Replacement Graft

A graft helps your body replace lost bone. The graft consists of your own bone, synthetic material, or bone from a tissue bank. A gel containing growth factors may also be used to stimulate tissues to grow.

Placing the graft Closing up the graft After the graft heals
Placing the Graft
First, a gum flap is created. Growth factors may then be applied to the root. Graft material is packed into the area where bone was lost.
Closing Up
The gum is closed and sewn together. The growth factors stimulate tissue to grow. The graft provides a platform for new bone to grow.
After the Area Heals
Stitches dissolve or are removed. Though the gum has healed, it takes a year or more for new bone growth to fill the space.

Port Charlotte Dentist  Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)

A special membrane is placed between gum and bone. This prevents gum tissue, which grows quickly, from filling the space where bone was lost. That way, new bone has time to grow where it's needed.

Surgery on gum and bone Separating regenerated tissues Tissue regeneration after healing
Surgery on Gum and Bone
The gum is opened. Then a membrane is placed over the damaged bone.
Separating Tissues
Once in place between bone and gum, the membrane allows space for bone to heal.
After Healing
The stitches and membrane dissolve or are removed. In about a year, bone forms to support the tooth.

Future treatment trends are constantly being developed in all areas of dentistry. Soft tissue and bone grafting replace infected gum and bone, and bite guards and adjustments reduce the pressure put on teeth and gums. Their long-term use has not been fully tested, but you may want to ask your dentist about them. Talk to your dentist or contact Dr. Carol Stevens about the treatment that may be right for you.