Promising new treatment could regenerate gum tissue and prevent tooth loss
In an exciting new study, scientists have been able to combine biological and mechanical techniques to repair and regenerate bone and gum tissue.
Long-standing gum disease often turns into periodontal disease, affecting the tissues supporting the teeth.
As the disease gets worse, the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw wears away and tooth loss occurs.
To treat the condition, researchers surgically implanted a thin, film-like membrane between the inflamed gum and tooth. This membrane blocks the infection from the gums and delivers antibiotics, medication and growth factors to the gum tissue.
Nigel Carter, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, describes the impact of tooth loss and believes the research could be extremely promising.