Bone Disease Milwaukee, WI

How is gum disease related to bone loss?


Many adults in Milwaukee, WI and all over the US suffer from gum disease at some level. Gum disease is often caused by poor dental hygiene and if left untreated, it can develop to a more serious dental condition called Periodontitis. Periodontitis is considered a very serious gum infection because it damages the soft tissues that is surrounding the tooth and will eventually destroy the bone that supports your teeth which can result to tooth loss.

Periodontitis causes bacteria filled plaque to spread below the patient’s gum line. This causes pockets to form adding more chances for infection to breed and spread. Overtime the infection will cause the gradual deterioration of the patient’s jaw bone and the bone will recede away from the tooth.

Once the tooth was lost due to gum disease, the patient will find his options very limited when it comes to tooth replacement. Most missing tooth replacement techniques such as dentures and dental implants requires the patient to have a sufficient amount of bone and a certain level of jaw bone height in order to accommodate these dental appliances. Traditionally dental implants are not an easy option for patients with advanced bone loss due to periodontitis. Due to advances in dental technology, this may not be an option with the use of advanced grafting, bone morphogenic proteins and advanced bone regeneration techniques. It is very important… appearance.

What are the treatments available to patients in Milwaukee, WI for advanced bone loss?


Bone grafting

Bone grafting is performed when periodontitis has resulted in severe damage to the bone surrounding a person’s teeth. The grafting materials used can either come from a bone bank and are sterilized matrices used to help guide bone replacement or they may come from artificial sources or may be bone particles harvested from the patients themselves. Bone grafts help maintain bone volume and height to aid in implant placement. Bone grafts can help avoid more costly bone block replacements if they are done at the time a tooth is extracted.

Soft tissue grafting

Soft tissue grafting is performed when there is a lack of keratinized or thick tissue at an anticipated implant site. This can be done by using acellular dermal matrix (donated skin which has been sterilized and is devoid of living cells), or from harvesting soft tissue from the patients palate.

Some times there may be the need for more than one grafting procedure and if a block graft is planned sometimes extra tissue must be grafted prior to performing the block graft.

Tissue regeneration

tissue regeneration as it takes time for a persons bone and skin to replace the bone and membrane that are placed for augmentation purposes.

Membranes are used to stop cellular and soft tissue invagination into the new bone substitute so the new bone can be dense, hard and free of granulation or soft tissues. This facilitates implant placement  when bone loss has become extensive.

Flap surgery

This procedure involves making incisions in the gums to allow your dentist to lift back your gums and clean the area surrounding the gums thoroughly. Your dentist will then repair the damage caused by periodontitis to the underlying bone and restore the normal position of the receded gum to improve its appearance.

Laser gum surgery

This procedure can be used to disinfect pockets, remove abscesses and recontour tissues.
Laser gum surgery has not been approved by the FDA for closed flap treatment of periodontal disease. We have the latest state of the art LightScalpel Co2 laser 10,600nm and it is the most studied laser on the market. It’s use is dictated by proven science and the use of the laser for LANAP or LAPIP is anecdotal and not yet accepted by the American Dental Association for treatment of advanced periodontitis.

Prosthodontic Rehabilitation

Treatment for advanced cases of bone bossloss does not stop in recreating the jaw bone and providing sufficient bone mass. Our team in Milwaukee, WI will provide you with a personalized treatment plan that maps out the dental procedures that will be done in stages in order to restore your smile.

The reconstruction of your teeth after successful restoration of bone mass will be geared towards replacing your missing teeth. The dental procedure and appliances to be used are of course based on your preference. Most patients at the Hampton Dental Associates who prefer a more permanent solution to their missing teeth are all able to have successful dental implant placement as well as permanent bridgework after their jaw bone has been recreated.


As mentioned, treatments will be done in stages and you can be guaranteed that you will not go toothless for the duration of the entire treatment because you will be provided a temporary bridge so that you can still eat normally and will not feel self-conscious about not having any teeth as we fabricate your permanent porcelain bridgework.

Hampton Dental Associates uses only the best and the latest in imaging technology so you can be sure that your dental appliances fits perfectly, looks very natural, and will compliment your overall appearance.

Click here to read more about this Gum and Bone Disease patient case study.

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