Most cases of periodontal disease are treatable using minimally invasive procedures, such as scaling and root planing or gum surgery. However, periodontal disease that has been allowed to progress can result in deteriorated bone beneath the gums. When bone is destroyed by gum disease, it can no longer adequately support the teeth, eventually leading to total tooth loss. In these cases, a periodontist may recommend Gaithersburg and Washington, DC bone grafting
– also known as regenerative surgery. During this procedure, a prepared graft is placed in the areas where bone should be, which encourages the body to rebuild the areas lost to periodontal disease.