Guided Bone and 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. Koul may recommend bone grafting, and guided tissue regeneration. During this surgical procedure, the pockets are cleaned thoroughly bone bank bone is placed in the defect and a membrane is installed between the soft tissue and the pocket in the bone.Most of these membranes are bio-absorbable. The membrane covers the pocket so that fast-growing soft tissue is blocked, and slower-growing bone can begin to grow, or regenerate itself. The other material which help in obtaining a good result are Emdogain and Gem 21 growth factor. Emdogain is a biologic adhesive that helps bone and gum to reattach to the root surface. Gem 21 growth factor helps the bone regenerate faster.

The effectiveness of the procedure generally depends on the patient’s willingness to follow a strict postoperative diet and careful oral care. Dr. Koul will help you determine if bone regeneration surgery is right for you.