What Is A Regenerative Procedure?

Depending on what field of medical practice you’re talking about, the term “regenerative procedure” could mean a whole variety of things. However, in the world of periodontics and general dental health practice, “regenerative procedure” refers to one of two things: gum grafting or bone grafting. These procedures are important for people who either want dental implants, but lack healthy dental structures to support the implants or people who are recovering from a periodontal disease like gingivitis or periodontitis. In this blog, we’re going to talk a little bit about each type of regenerative procedure, how they’re performed, and what purpose they serve.

Gum Grafting

If you’ve noticed that your teeth are feeling sensitive and they appear longer, your gums may be receding. What this means is, due to poor oral hygiene, the gum tissue is being lost and exposing part of your tooth’s root. Although some degree of gum recession is common, severe recession can lead to serious dental issues, and make it easier for you to develop other conditions like periodontitis or gingivitis. Gum grafting is a procedure that is most often used to restore this lost gum tissue.

Causes of gum recession

There are a number of causes of gum recession including genetics, changes in hormones, and diabetes. However, the main culprit of gum recession is poor oral hygiene. Other factors that will increase the rate at which gum recession occurs are smoking, vigorous brushing or misaligned teeth.

Types of gum grafting

There are several types of gum grafts used in modern dental practice and which one is used for you will depend on what’s appropriate for your current medical condition.


Pedicle grafts involve the removal of tissue in the surrounding area to be used in repairing the gum.

Connective-tissue grafts take tissue from the top of your mouth. This is one of the most common types of gum graft used.

Free gingival grafts are taken directly from the palate.


In addition to restoring your gums after experiencing gum recession, gum grafts will also help to restore lost or infected gum tissue if you have gingivitis or periodontal disease. Regenerative procedures should always be seen as a last resort rather than an all-in-one solution. The best way to prevent gum recession, gum disease, and periodontal disease is to practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly to have a professional cleaning done. Your dentist will be able to eliminate tartar which can’t be cleaned with a normal toothbrush.

Contact Pacific Northwest Periodontics

Pacific Northwest is your is your premier choice for periodontics in Seattle and the surrounding area. Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler are specialists in dental implant surgery and treating the bone and gum tissues around your teeth. Backed by a team of experienced specialists, they are able to deliver state-of-the-art dental implant treatment and can provide extractions, dental implants and immediate, functional replacement teeth in the same visit for eligible candidates. If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, contact us today.