In addition to the pocket reduction procedure, Dr.Nagatomo may also recommend a regenerative procedure that is done at the same time as the pocket reduction procedure.

When the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed and lost, it often leaves “craters” or large bone defects within the bone. A regenerative procedure can help reverse some of this damage by regenerating (grow back) some of the lost bone and tissue.

During this procedure, Dr. Nagatomo folds back the gum tissue and removes the disease-causing bacteria. Collagen membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue. Particles of bone grafts are placed into the bony craters/ defects in order to “fill” the defect back to its original form.

Eliminating existing bacteria and regenerating bone and tissue helps to reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease. With a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, you’ll increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth – and decrease the chances of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.

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