Guided Tissue Regeneration

Gum disease has traditionally been treated by eliminating the gum pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven bone tissue. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely today. One of these advancements is guided bone regeneration, also referred to as guided tissue regeneration. This procedure is used to stabilize endangered teeth.

As periodontal disease progresses, pockets of degenerated bone develop in the jaw. These pockets can promote the growth of bacteria and the spread of infection. To address these pockets, we may recommend tissue regeneration. During this surgical procedure, the pockets are cleaned thoroughly, and a membrane is installed between the soft tissue and the pocket in the bone. This is is usually done in combination with bone grafts.  New tissue can grow over a period of weeks and months.  

The effectiveness of the procedure generally depends on the patient’s willingness to follow a strict postoperative care and proper oral health. Your periodontist will help you determine if bone regeneration surgery is right for you.

GUIDED Bone REGENERATION (Socket preservation)

This procedure is used to prepare the jaw for dental implants and certain restorations once a tooth has been removed.  Losing teeth results in atrophy of remaining alveolar bone at which a deformity (concave defect) may lead to impaired chewing and speech, soft-tissue pain, and muscle dysfunction.  This defect can hinder your treatment plan whether it involves dental implants, fixed bridges, removable dentures, or reshaping your gum line for a more pleasing smile. 

The tooth is removed and the socket and any associated deformity are then filled with bone or bone substitute, and may be covered with a bio compatible membrane to encourage your body’s natural ability to repair itself by regenerating lost bone and tissue.  Finally, the gum is closed and healing is allowed to take place.  Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to six months before your implant placement or restorative treatment can be completed.