Even if your gum disease has reached the stage where your gums are receding, it is still possible to regenerate them and restore your gum health. Regeneration is a procedure that is a procedure that your dentist will help you with. It is an invasive procedure where your own body’s immune system is used to help repair the damage done to the gum tissue. If your gum disease is at the stage where you have receding gums, the dentist will have to take more invasive and intensive action to help get rid of the condition. If you notice that you do have receding gums, it is essential that you visit your dentist in order to avoid having the condition worsen and lead to tooth loss or other more serious consequences of the infection.
How Regeneration Works
Regeneration is generally chosen as the treatment method by dentists when deep cleaning of the teeth and gums has not worked. Deep cleaning may not be enough to rid you of gum disease if the condition has been present for some time and has been allowed to deteriorate substantially. When there is avid infection in the gums, the only option left for the dentist may be to regenerate the soft gum tissue and the bone. Here are some of the steps that your dentist may employ when performing regeneration:
- The dentist folds back the gums using a special implement and exposes the deep pockets where the gum attaches to the teeth where much of the bacteria hide. They will then attempt to remove as much of the bacteria, plaque and tartar as possible.
- Following this the dentist will us membrane tissue or they may graft tissue in order to be able to prompt the body to produce its own. The new tissue is placed on the bone or gums in the area that has been damaged.
- The dentist will carefully place the new tissue and the aim of this is to get rid of the infected tissue and encourage your body to start naturally regenerating some of the missing tissue around the formerly infected site.
- They will then pull back the gum tissue and try and cover as much of the tooth and root as possible and stitch it back into place.
As you can see, this is quite an invasive procedure and one which most people would be keen to avoid. To reduce the chance of having to resort to a treatment such as this, it is important to seek out treatment with your dentist as early as possible when you notice the signs of gum disease or receding gums.