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Guided Tissue Regeneration

Regenerative therapy can dramatically improve the prognosis of periodontally involved teeth.

Traditionally gum surgery is performed to improve the damage caused by periodontal disease. This is usually done by removing the infected gum tissue and re-contouring the uneven bone. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely today.

Guided tissue regeneration promotes healing in a way that allows the body to regenerate the previously lost bone tissue. Most techniques utilize membranes that are inserted over the bone defects. Some of these membranes are bio-absorbable and dissolve and some require removal.

Guided tissue regeneration and bone grafting are aimed at “regenerating” the lost gum and bone tissue around your teeth. During these procedures, the dentist fold back the gum tissue and remove the disease-causing bacteria from the tooth root. Then, bone grafting material is utilized to fill voids in the bone around your tooth. Often the bone grafting material is combined with tissue-stimulating proteins (bioactive gels) to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue. Additionally, guided tissue regenerative membranes may be placed over the bone graft to contain and stabilize the graft, and to block the tissue out of the defect while the bone matures. Some of these membranes are bio-absorbable; others require removal at a later date.

 

Guided Tissue Regeneration is a surgical procedure. Some level of discomfort is inevitable. Patients who undergo procedures with regularly report low pain levels with many not needing any painkillers a couple of days after the procedure.

The Procedure

Guided Tissue Regeneration is a surgical procedure. Some level of discomfort is inevitable. Patients who undergo procedures with regularly report low pain levels with many not needing any painkillers a couple of days after the procedure.

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