Care After Periodontitis in Columbia
If you have a healthy smile, your gums and bone tissue should fit snugly in and around your teeth. If you’re suffering from periodontal disease, however, that supporting bone and tissue becomes destroyed, allowing pockets to develop. As time progresses, these pockets deepen, creating more room for the formation of plaque and a difficult situation that can only be effectively cleaned by a periodontist. Furthermore, the lack of support for your teeth can lead them to become loose or even fall out over time.
The Guided Tissue Regeneration Process: An Overview
Guided Tissue Regeneration, or GTR, is a process that helps regenerate bone, ligaments, and other connective tissue attachments that provide periodontal support for your teeth. The procedure involves the use of biocompatible barrier membranes in conjunction with bone grafts, and, when done properly, allows your bones to regenerate, ultimately leading to increased comfort and improved ease while chewing.
Guided Bone Regeneration and Dental Implants
If you’ve experienced tooth loss, you may be considering dental implants to restore your smile and put an end to any feelings of embarrassment. For dental implants to adhere properly, a strong, healthy jawbone must exist prior to placement. Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) is a technique that restores the strength of the bone before the implants are placed, and still allows the bone to grow afterward.
Columbia & Lexington Area Periodontist
For more information about GTR and GBR and how they can help restore comfort to your mouth and teeth, contact the office of Gregg W. McKenzie, DDS at (803) 788-0900. We will be happy to answer any questions and help you schedule an appointment.