Traditional periodontal surgery involved reflecting the gum tissue away from the teeth, debriding the area, and re-contouring the bone to help eliminate gum pockets. Dr. 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 defect 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.