Guided Bone & Tissue Regeneration
Gum disease has traditionally been treated by eliminating the gum pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven bone tissue. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely by our practice today. These advancements include guided bone regeneration and guided tissue regeneration. These procedures are 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, Dr. Peltzman, Dr. Jose or Dr. Torres 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 oral cavity is one of the few areas in our body where we can regenerate tissues that have been previously lost due to disease, and we are excited to deliver these treatment options to our patients.
The effectiveness of the procedure generally depends on the patient’s willingness to follow a strict post-operative diet and careful oral care. Drs. Peltzman, Jose or Torres will help you determine if bone and tissue regeneration procedures are right for you.