Did you know that traditional periodontal surgery involves deflecting the gum tissue away from the teeth, debriding the area, and re-contouring the bone to help eliminate gum pockets? At DFW Implant Team, board-certified periodontist, Dr. Donald Steinberg, prefers to use newer, more sophisticated techniques that help regenerate gum tissue and bone destroyed by gum disease.
Bone regeneration rebuilds the bone lost due to periodontal disease. With this technique, a bone graft material is placed in a bone deficient area around the tooth. A protective barrier is then placed over the graft, but under the gum. This barrier keeps the graft in place, and promotes regeneration. By rebuilding what has been lost due to periodontal disease, we can often improve the prognosis for teeth that previously might have been lost. To learn more about this process, please contact our Bedford, TX, office to schedule a consultation.
"I'm really young to be going through gum issues. I've been going here for almost 2 years. The staff is simply amazing! Dr. Steinberg is a phenomenal doctor. Words cannot describe how depressing and stressful having gum issues can be. He's an easy going, down-to earth, caring, trustworthy and most important honest doctor. His assistant is also caring. Jerri cleans my teeth once every 6 months. Always makes me feel comfortable. All around the BEST! Thank you guys for the difference you make in my life and I'm sure thousands of others."- G.B. / Facebook / Apr 12, 2017
"Everyone in this office is 100% amazing. Implants are a complicated, time consuming procedure that involve so many people. Dr. Steinberg and his staff make it very easy, make you feel comfortable and give you back an amazing gift. The gift to smile with confidence is priceless! I could not imagine having to go through this journey with a different team of people. All I can say is thank you for this gift!"- L.S. / Facebook / Jul 17, 2019
"Dr. Steinberg and his office go to great lengths and have purchased special equipment to keep us safe from Covid. Jerri is always so gentle and considerate when she cleans my teeth. She is a joy."- J.A. / Google / Nov 05, 2020
"Outstanding doctor, great staff friendly and caring !"- S.H. / Google / Oct 15, 2020
"Dr.Steinberg thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Fourth of July 2019 I knocked out my four front teeth from a motorized scooter accident. There was talk I had to remove what was left of my front teeth completely. Dr. Steinberg consulted with peers and mentors on how to save my mouth. After a mouth infection, three root canals, and many office visits full of tears, Dr.Steinberg decided we only needed to remove two teeth. He preformed magic on mouth and saved it from further damage as well. He helped in rebuilding what would soon be my beautiful smile. Thank you Dr. Steinberg. 11/10."- B.D. / Google / Sep 18, 2020
Reasons for Bone Grafting
To improve dental implant stability
To aid ridge augmentation
To treat gum disease
To improve the appearance of the smile
To improve undeveloped bone
Most bone grafting can be done with the patient under local anesthesia, but in cases where larger amounts of bone are being grafted, the doctor may prefer conscious anesthesia. Once the bone graft is prepared, the doctor will make a small incision in the gum to attach the graft to the needed area. Once the graft is in place, the doctor will suture the incision in the gums and then cover the treatment area with protective bandages.
After the bone graft procedure is complete, patients will be given antibiotics, pain medications, and an antibacterial mouthwash to improve the healing process. Patients are usually asked to avoid hard foods and putting pressure on the grafted area or wearing a prosthesis that could compress the graft; a liquid or soft foods diet is best for the first few days after the procedure. The bone graft will be given 6 – 9 months to heal and bond to the jawbone before the dental implant procedure is scheduled.
If you have undergone a bone regeneration procedure as an intervention for periodontal disease, it is critical to maintain a good oral hygiene routine afterward. Regular flossing and brushing will help to keep the bacteria at bay, decreasing the likelihood of a recurrence of periodontal disease.
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For patients who have a weakened jawbone from gum disease, infection, trauma, or other reasons, bone regeneration and grafting can restore the strength of the bone to improve the patient’s overall oral health and provide needed support for a dental implant. Phone in today and we can discuss options with you at a scheduled appointment.