Guided Bone & Tissue Regeneration
Bone regeneration performed at Periodontal Associates of Eastern Iowa
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.
Inflammation from untreated periodontal disease can lead to loss of the supporting bone of the teeth. Bone loss can lead to looseness of the teeth, and in advanced cases, to tooth loss. In some cases, procedures can be performed to regenerate the lost bone and tissue.
During this procedure, your periodontist gently folds the gums back from the teeth, and removes the disease-causing bacteria. Bone graft material, dissolvable membranes (filters), and/or tissue-stimulating growth factors (proteins) may be placed to aid your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue. This procedure can restore the bone to healthy levels and increase support for the teeth.