Guided Tissue Bone Regeneration

When you ignore periodontal gum disease, a common side effect is tooth loss. Without the gums to hold your teeth in place, they may become loose and eventually fall out.  Once this happens, your supporting jaw bone may start to disappear over time, and your entire mouth may shift to the point where your teeth don’t fit comfortably, and you are not able to wear dentures in a comfortable way.  Modern technologies and procedures have created simple ways to enable new bone growth within your own body.  Dentists can now perform procedures that give the bone an optimal environment to grow and regenerate, therefore giving you the option to avoid bone grafts.  

The Basics

When you have this procedure done, it is not always necessary to graft bone from other parts of the body.  Some other options include using membrane barriers, tissue stimulating proteins, or bioactive growth factor gels.  Because these techniques are not foolproof, you may need to have bone grafted from another part of your body, a tissue bank or synthetic materials in order to rebuild the tooth and keep your jaw from shifting.  The basic goal with this procedure is to stimulate your body to increase bone growth, or for your body to hold the space open so your bone can regenerate into it on its own.

The Benefits Of Guided Tissue Bone Regeneration

When trying to understand this procedure, think of your tooth and gum as being similar to a turtleneck around your neck. The gums should fit tightly around the tooth to prevent pockets from opening up and allowing bacteria to grow and damage the area.  When you deal with gum disease, these pockets can open up and grow, and the tissue and bone can be destroyed.  If too much bone is lost after too much time, the tooth may need to be extracted, and you are left with one missing tooth.

By using this procedure, you give your body the opportunity to regenerate bone from the original source.  Rather than having to graft a bone into place, the dentist will create an optimal environment for bone to grow on its own. Having this procedure done will increase your chances of being able to keep your natural teeth and not having to rely on dentures for your smile or the health of your mouth.  Repairing the damage caused by periodontal gum disease can also help to lessen health risks that have been associated with severe periodontal disease.


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