Traditionally, eliminating the gum pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven bone tissue treats gum disease. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely today.
Guided Tissue Bone Regeneration "regenerates" the previously lost gum and bone tissue. Most techniques utilize membranes, which are inserted over the bone defects. Dr. Umaki utilizes membranes that are bio-absorbable so no surgery needs to be done to remove the membrane. Other regenerative procedures involve the use of bioactive gels.
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