Gum disease has traditionally been treated by trimming away the infected gum tissue and re-contouring the uneven bone tissue. Although this eliminates the gum pockets, 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 or to prepare the jaw for dental implants.
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.
Some of these membranes are bio-absorbable, and some require removal. The membrane covers the pocket so that fast-growing soft tissue is blocked, and slower-growing bone can begin to grow or “regenerate” itself.
The procedure's effectiveness generally depends on the patient’s willingness to follow a strict postoperative diet and careful oral care.
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