Guided Tissue Regeneration
Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect the gums. It’s known to cause bone loss and, eventually, tooth loss. Luckily, in modern dentistry, techniques are available to regrow lost bone to support teeth and dental implants. One of these techniques is guided tissue regeneration.
What is Guided Tissue Regeneration?
Guided tissue regeneration (GTR) is a dental procedure that promotes the regeneration of damaged or lost gum and bone tissues around teeth. It is primarily employed in treating periodontal disease or in certain dental implant procedures.
GTR aims to restore and support the health of the periodontal structures, including the gum tissue, periodontal ligament, and bone. This procedure can involve bone grafting, tissue banks, or synthetic materials to stimulate new bone growth.
The Importance of Healthy Bone Tissue for Dental Health
Healthy bone tissue plays a crucial role in dental health. They support the gums to ensure they fit snugly around the tooth roots, holding your natural teeth in place. Here are some other key reasons why healthy bone tissue is essential for maintaining optimal dental health:
- Stability and support
- Tooth retention
- Dental implant success
- Bite function and chewing efficiency
- Facial aesthetics
What to Expect During Treatment
During the procedure, the following steps are typically involved:
Access and Cleaning: The affected area is accessed through a small incision in the gum tissue. Any plaque, tartar, and infected tissue are thoroughly removed.
Barrier Placement: A barrier material, often made of a biocompatible membrane, is placed between the gum tissue and the bone. This barrier is designed to prevent the growth of gum tissue into the area where new bone regeneration is desired.
Bone Grafting (if necessary): In cases where significant bone loss has occurred, a grafting material may be placed to facilitate bone regeneration. The bone graft material serves as a scaffold for new bone formation.
Tissue Closure: The gum tissue is carefully repositioned and sutured to ensure proper healing and protect the underlying structures.
Have Questions About Guided Tissue Regeneration in Concord, NC?
If you have been struggling with periodontal disease, you could be a candidate for guided tissue regeneration. Schedule an appointment at Zsambeky, Chaney, & Associates today so we can determine the best way forward for your dental health.