Guided Tissue Regeneration
The process of guided gum tissue regeneration involves restoring bone and gum tissue that’s been lost due to periodontal disease. The following explains what you can expect during this procedure.
Guided gum tissue regeneration is an invasive surgery; therefore, your dentist will numb the problem area up with anesthetic first.
Next, your dentist will cut the surrounding gum tissue, with a periodontal scalpel, in order to create a flap and expose the defective area. He’ll then proceed with scaling and root planning the root surfaces to remove any deposits and remove any infected tissue from bone defects.
Once the area is cleared of plaque and tartar, bone graft material moistened with anesthetic or saline solution will be placed in the defects where bone needs to grow. Your bone graft will either consist of human bone material (allograft), animal bone material (xenograft), or synthetic bone material (alloplast).
Following that step, your dentist will insert a resorbable or non-resorbable membrane over the area to further separate soft tissue from the tooth to allow bone to grow.
Please note: If you receive a non-resorbable membrane, you’ll undergo a second procedure to remove it in approximately six months.
The final step of a guided tissue regeneration is to stitch the gums back up for the treatment to work its magic and regrow lost tissue and bone.
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