Some dental patients have experienced bone loss. Guided tissue regeneration is a process in which membranes are used to keep gum tissue away from the tooth so that the affected bone area can be treated with bone grafting material. Special dental membranes are placed over the bone to seal the area and prevent the gum tissue from moving.
Is Guided Tissue Regeneration Right for Me?
Various dental and oral health conditions can be treated with guided tissue regeneration. Some of the issues that can be resolved include:
- The supporting structure of a tooth and gum is infected, unhealthy and weak
- The bone structure of the jaw is inadequate to place an implant post
- Gum disease has led to deep gum pockets and receding gums
How Does Guided Tissue Regeneration Work?
Guided Tissue Regeneration (or GTR) works to regenerate the growth of lost gum and bone tissue. The technique typically involves the use of membranes that are inserted over the areas of bone loss, in conjunction with the use of bone grafts to build up the area. The bone grafts could be synthetic or natural bone material.
Benefits of GTR
This advanced process could be used to encourage the body’s natural regeneration of both bone and gum tissue and to reduce the depth of gum pockets that have come about through more severe cases of periodontal disease. This is often a far better option than extracting teeth, and at our practice we employ various dental procedures to help you protect and maintain your natural teeth, including guided tissue regeneration.
Regenerating Bone and Tissue Loss for Dental Implants
Some patients want dental implants, but the bone structure has been diminished to a point in which it is necessary to rebuild it so that implants can be placed. Increasing the bone structure through this process makes it possible to implant the post on which the tooth restoration will be placed.
The Procedure for Guided Tissue Regeneration
If you have been told that this process will be effective for you, it is important that you understand all that will be performed. The soft tissue of the gums is separated from the endangered tooth, and the surface of that tooth thoroughly cleaned. Any infected tissue will be surgically removed. The next step is the placement of a special membrane up against the tooth being treated. If the tooth is being removed in preparation for an implant, the soft tissue is stitched into place, covering the implant and the membrane. Many dental problems can be successfully treated with this advanced surgical procedure. Severe cases of periodontal disease may require this treatment. Improvements are usually noticeable within six to eight weeks, and will continue for several months.
The New Frontier in Dental Surgery
This treatment is one of the most advanced ways to deal with bone and tissue loss, and has been found to produce excellent results for those who have suffered bone and tissue loss. Talk to us about GTR, and we will take the time to explain the entire procedure, including healing time and what to expect. Call today to find out more.