What is bone regeneration?
Bone regeneration has become a valuable part of dental surgery because not all patients have sufficient bone mass to support a restoration such as dental implants. In Springfield, Massachusetts, Dr. David Peck has produced great results with bone regeneration in patients with inadequate bone composition. He uses precise surgical procedures that make efficient use of the patient’s barrier membranes to facilitate the growth of new bone and gum tissue in areas where they are lacking in mass and cannot support a dental implant sufficiently.
What should I expect with bone regeneration?
Local anesthesia will be administered to the treatment area, after which the doctor can proceed to make the incision on the gum tissue, right on the area overlying the degenerated bone. This flap is lifted away to expose the underlying bone, and the dental surgeon can proceed to grafting the bone with bone grafts taken from other parts of the mouth or from synthetic sources. The bone graft pieces that are placed directly on the indicated areas essentially act as scaffolding onto which new bone tissues can grow. The bone graft will then be covered with a thin barrier membrane to keep it in place, right before the gum tissue is repositioned on top of it and stitched closed. This technique has produced many great results and has helped promote bone regeneration in areas that have previously been without sufficient bone structure.
How long does bone regeneration take?
When using synthetic bone graphs, the bone regeneration process may take several months, or longer, to complete, and is generally different for each patient. Although new bone tissues will immediately grow in the grafted area in the first few months, it takes a longer time for new bone tissues to mature, thrive, and to completely fuse with the original bone in the alveolar bone ridge. Autologous bone grafts, on the other hand, are believed to have shorter bone regeneration time because using the patient’s own bone will have better tolerance from the surrounding tissues and promote faster healing. It may take about four months to get a successful bone regeneration using this technique. After the bone regeneration process has successfully given way to new bone mass, the patient will become eligible to receive the dental implant.