What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Oral regenerative medicine aims to predictably reconstruct and reform the hard and soft tooth-supporting tissues lost following severe gum disease, root canal infections, tooth removal, oral pathology or trauma. By guiding the healing process and stimulating the body to regrow and regenerate diseased and damaged tissues, we are able to significantly improving the quality of life of the patient.
During the last few decades, significant progress in the understanding of the biology of gum and bone healing has resulted in new treatment concepts. The field of oral regenerative and reconstructive therapy has developed over the years to incorporate biological concepts, biomaterial enhancement, biomodulation and tissue engineering to promote hard and soft tissue regeneration in craniofacial defects.
The terms “bone graft”, “gum graft”, or “augmentation” are often used in dentistry to describe procedures that are designed to accomplish the goal of regenerating tissue. The surgical techniques used to perform these procedures are considered routine for the trained clinician. However, results are not always predictable.
A clear understanding of the interaction of human biology and the biomaterials available to guide and control the healing process is necessary to achieve results with the highest degree of predictability.
Why is Tissue Regeneration Important?
The ability to regrow bone and soft tissue is critical for many reasons:
- Teeth that have lost bone and ligament support as a result of bacterial damage from gum disease have a significantly worse long-term prognosis than healthy teeth. Treating the damaged areas with regenerative techniques improves the health and wellness of the mouth.
- Teeth may need to be removed because they are so badly damaged that repair is not possible. After teeth are extracted, the jawbone is left with a defect. If the defect heals without intervention, the aesthetics and adjacent teeth may be compromised because the jawbone may not heal as expected. Regeneration addresses these issues so that a healthy outcome is ensured.
- Dental implants require a certain volume of bone for stability. If the area in the mouth needing dental implants has inadequate bone, regeneration is the solution to grow new, natural bone.
- Gum recession may have a negative impact on the long term viability of the affected teeth. Regeneration addresses the need to regrow lost soft tissue.
- The bacterial damage from dental disease may be visible when you smile. The injured areas may benefit from regenerative repair, thereby improving your smile and your oral health.
The Role of Dental Lasers
The many beneficial properties of Waterlase YSGG laser therapy are available to enhance the outcomes of oral regenerative and reconstructive medicine. With the YSGG laser we are able to manipulate the tissues in a way that is not possible with conventional means. Tissue engineering can be performed with greater control and accuracy.
How Can I Learn More?
The various biomaterials and synthetic tissue engineering products at our disposal have unique properties and are used in specific circumstances. During your consultation, we will discuss with you the benefits of utilizing regenerative medicine to achieve the results you expect.
The Waterlase YSGG advanced laser system represents such a significant breakthrough in the practice of periodontics, esthetic and implant dentistry, that we have devoted an entire website to this cutting edge method of treatment.