Regenerative periodontal therapy aims to predictably reconstruct the hard and
soft tooth-supporting tissues lost following periodontal disease or trauma,
thereby significantly improving the quality of life of the patient.
During the last few decades, significant progress in the understanding of the biology of periodontal and bone wound healing has resulted in new treatment concepts. The field of periodontal reconstructive therapy has developed over the years from a primarily root surface debridement and preparation approach to one that incorporates biological concepts, biomaterial enhancement, and surgical techniques, to promote regeneration in a given defect or patient case. Faced with the huge variety of materials and procedures that exist, which claim to promote periodontal regeneration, the clinician often has difficulty in deciding on the most appropriate material and/or technique for a given indication. Thus, despite the potential of regenerative approaches, the dentist is not relieved of his responsibility to put all the pieces of the puzzle together in order to find the most suitable regenerative approach in a particular case.
The chapters in this work attempt not to lose clinical relevance, something clearly evidenced by the high number of well-documented clinical cases presented. It will help the periodontist and general practitioner with an interest in periodontology learn more about the rationale, possibilities, and limitations of regenerative procedures of periodontal therapy, and will assist them in making evidence-based decisions, thus improving treatment outcomes and predictability.