Traditional methods of treating advanced gum disease are no match for the precision and efficacy of newer, more sophisticated methods. At Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants in Albany, New York, periodontists Reed Ference, DDS, MDS, and Sean Ference, DDS, MDS, perform guided tissue regeneration to restore depleted tissue and bone. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Guided tissue regeneration (GTR) and guided bone regeneration (GBR) surgery, is a process that stimulates new tissue or bone growth. If you have periodontal disease, loose, shifting teeth, or are preparing for dental implants, the team at Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants may recommend guided tissue or bone regeneration to restore your tooth-supporting bone and gum tissues.
Guided tissue regeneration and guided bone regeneration surgery replace lost bone and tissue to treat the repercussions of gum disease or help to rebuild your tooth-supporting structures to prepare for dental implants.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums that occurs when pockets of plaque develop beneath the gum line. As these pockets grow, the trapped plaque bacteria begins to fester and release toxins that eat away at the surrounding tissue.
This progression can cause your gums and bone to pull away from your teeth, leaving open spaces for new bacteria to collect.
Dental implants are screw-shaped replacements for your natural tooth roots. The team surgically implants this device directly into your jawbone to hold your replacement teeth in place.
While dental implants are the most permanent option for replacing missing teeth, they require a large volume of healthy bone for support.
Traditional surgery for periodontal disease requires removing the diseased tissue and smoothing out the damaged bone. While this treatment effectively treats gum disease, it doesn’t address the underlying lost bone and tissue, which leaves you with less attachment to the tooth and a higher risk of gum recession.
During guided tissue regeneration, the team thoroughly cleans your pockets of plaque and places a membrane between the soft tissue and the pocket in the bone. Some of these membranes are bio-absorbable, and others require removal. The membrane blocks the skin cells from the pocket so that bone can begin to regenerate itself within the pocket.
This new bone and tissue help stabilize your teeth to prevent additional damage and can serve as a healthy foundation for dental implants.
To learn more about guided tissue regeneration and guided bone regeneration surgery, call Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants, or schedule an appointment online today.