Guided Tissue Regeneration is a technique using a combination of both bone grafting and membrane placement to guide and direct bone formation.
Guided Tissue Regeneration is a technique using a combination of both bone grafting and membrane placement to guide and direct bone formation. This procedure uses the bone-grafting material to retain space for your future bone growth and then a covering membrane to block the fast-growing soft tissue. Two weeks after being grafted, the bone begins to form, which will then regenerate itself filling in the bone defect with healthy bone.
Guided Tissue Regeneration is an operation usually performed on those who have been affected by periodontitis. Those who develop periodontal disease often find that their gums have begun to recede and then they develop gaps. Damaging plaque will accumulate in those gaps and eventually it can get under your gums. At that point, you will begin to lose bone and your teeth will begin to fall out. Once these gaps form, they are next to impossible to clean at home.
Implant Dentistry and Periodontics is there to assist you with these gum issues. We offer a wide assortment of periodontal and dental implant services which include performing a guided tissue regeneration for you. Our caring and compassionate team focuses deliberately on a team goal of providing to you the absolute best quality for both your overall oral health and your healthy smile. We will work with you in a serene, relaxed environment, and are dedicated to embracing your dental care as an especially important partner on your health team. If you would like to have an evaluation about the benefits of a guided tissue regeneration procedure, call our Indianapolis office at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office at 317-842-2273 to schedule your appointment today.
When you lose teeth, your mouth begins to change. Because a tooth is no longer anchored into the jawbone tissue, which providing stimulation as you both talk and chew, the jawbone will start to atrophy, or melt away. This process occurs quickly, with you losing as much as 25% of your ridge width within the first year of losing that tooth. Over time, bone loss will affect your face shape or compromise your ability to successfully hold a dental implant, which is why the guided tissue regeneration process is so crucial.
The Goal of Guided Tissue Regeneration
The goal of guided tissue regeneration is to encourage your jawbone tissue to grow so that it can provide a stable, secure, and strong support system for restorative dental implants. Developed forty years ago, guided tissue regeneration has been studied for decades, with the continuous improvement in technologies making the process even more efficient and more comfortable than ever before.
In addition to dental implants, guided tissue regeneration is also used often to strengthen sockets where teeth have been recently lost and to bolster any bone tissue that has been damaged by tumors, cysts, or impacted teeth. Guided tissue regeneration can also be used if you have any congenital dental disorders or if you have suffered from diseases that affect the strength of your oral tissues or underlying bone.
Guided tissue regeneration at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics can also be used to encourage the growth of ligaments, connective tissue, and other periodontal structures.
The Guided Tissue Regeneration Procedure
Guided tissue regeneration re-grows gums that were worn away or destroyed by bacteria. The staff at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will usually begin with a cone beam CT scan to accurately evaluate the damage. Depending on how severe your case is, guided tissue regeneration might then be our solution.
The procedure usually involves the inserting of a membrane over the affected bone to bolster the teeth and to promote growth. We will use tiny portions of your bone or a synthetic version to accelerate growth and to reclaim the space that was most recently infected. Sometimes we may place an organic wall over the damaged bone to create space for the bone to actually grow into. Most often these organic walls degrade on their own, but some may not. Those that are not resorbed will then need to be removed in a second dental procedure after the bone has sufficiently healed.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.
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Your Recovery from a Guided Tissue Regeneration Procedure
After the procedure is finished, we will ask you to do a few things to make sure that you heal and recover properly:
- Medications to reduce the risk of infection: If we prescribe medicine, follow the directions as indicated. Usually, we will prescribe some type of antibiotic.
- Medications to reduce post-operative discomfort: Most of these procedures are managed with over-the-counter medications. We will help design the best plan for you so that you can stay comfortable.
- Ice pack: For the first six hours after your surgery, it is advised to apply an ice pack to your face twice an hour for ten minutes each time.
- Sleep on an Incline: You should sleep with your head elevated so that your head is above your heart. This little effort will reduce swelling and will make your recovery more comfortable.
- Dental Hygiene: Do not brush your teeth for seven days after the surgery. Instead, just use a Q-tip and be very gentle. Do not floss your teeth for three weeks, otherwise you will accidentally remove stitches.
Earning your Trust with High Quality Periodontal Care
When you visit the engaging staff at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you will be surrounded by a very professional and friendly staff that has the most advanced dental technology at our disposal. Every one of us are always conscientious and quite thoughtful because we realize how different and unique each patient really is. We plan specific personalized treatments for you that work within your desires and budget. The end goal of our team is placing value back into your undervalued personal asset, your smile, so every one of our dental services are performed with your best interests and oral health in mind.
At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we are consistent about maintaining a relaxed, comfortable, and restful clinic, and we want you to always be confident in both our abilities and our services. Scheduling an appointment for a potential guided tissue regeneration procedure is an important step towards being proactive in your oral health and regaining your healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, call our Indianapolis office, 8801 North Meridian St., Ste 103, Indianapolis, at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office, 9885 E. 116th St, Ste 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.