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Guided Bone and 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 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, Dr. Markle and Dr. Abbott may recommend tissue regeneration. During this surgical procedure, the pockets are cleaned thoroughly and  a donor bone is added to fill the formerly infected space.  A membrane is then placed on top of the bone graft to exclude the tissue from refilling the space.  Most modern membranes are “resorbable” and will slowly disintegrate as the site heals.   The membrane serves to  cover the pocket so that fast-growing soft tissue is blocked, and slower-growing bone can begin to grow, or “regenerate” itself.

The effectiveness of the procedure can be greatly influenced by your willingness to follow a strict postoperative diet and a careful oral care regime. Drs. Markle and Abbott will help you determine if bone regeneration surgery is right for you.