Bone Regeneration

Shalini Sethi, DDS

Periodontist located in the Greater Baltimore Area, North Bethesda, MD & Lorton, VA

Periodontal disease can destroy the bones of your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. Shalini Sethi, DDS can provide bone regeneration procedures to restore the strength and integrity of your teeth and prevent the need for an extraction. With a professional and welcoming office in Maryland, Dr. Sethi helps patients of all ages reclaim perfect dental health with various services. Book an appointment online or call the office today.

Bone Regeneration Q & A

What is bone regeneration?

Bone regeneration, also called bone grafting, stimulates the growth of new bone in the teeth. Dr. Sethi may recommend bone regeneration if you are at risk of losing a tooth due to periodontal disease.

Bone regeneration is also used before certain periodontal or dental procedures to ensure their success, including dental implants, ridge preservation, or lifting the sinuses.

The process involves transferring synthetic or human bone material to the treatment area. This bone material doesn’t replace your existing bone; rather, it stimulates new bone growth. Eventually, the bone graft material breaks down, and the body naturally eliminates it.

What happens during a bone regeneration procedure?

Thanks to new and sophisticated technology, there are several ways Dr. Sethi can help regenerate bone in your teeth and gums. Depending on your needs and your oral health, she might use surgical instruments, lasers, or ultrasonic technology during a bone regeneration procedure.

Typically, the process involves implanting bone material from another source — usually from a tissue bank, synthetic materials, or your own bone — directly into the root of your existing tooth bone.

You can go home the same day as your bone regeneration procedure, after scheduling a follow-up appointment with Dr. Sethi.

What results can I expect after bone regeneration?

You might experience some swelling or discomfort after a bone regeneration procedure, and it can take several weeks or months for the area to heal fully and begin regenerating new bone.

Over time, the regenerated bone provides more support and structure to your teeth and gums, which can improve their function and the appearance of your smile. When the bone is strong enough, which can take several months to a year, you can move forward with other dental restorations, such as implants.

You’ll still be able to chew and speak normally, and you’ll have a better foundation for a healthy smile. While bone regeneration can take time, it’s well worth the effort and can prevent major dental complications later in life.

To learn more about bone regeneration procedures, call Dr. Sethi today for a personalized consultation or book an appointment online.