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 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. D’Aoust or Dr. Wiens may recommend tissue regeneration. During this procedure, the gum tissue is folded back and the disease-causing bacteria are removed. Membranes (filters), bone grafts (synthetic or human derived) or tissue stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.
The effectiveness of the procedure generally depends on the patient’s willingness to follow a strict postoperative diet and careful oral care. Dr. D’Aoust or Dr. Wiens will help you determine if bone regeneration surgery is right for you.