Guided Tissue Regeneration
At Karl Zeren DDS we focus on providing our patients with cutting-edge procedures to ensure you maintain pristine oral health. One such procedure, guided tissue regeneration, is designed to help restore your periodontal health. Periodontal (gum) tissues are vital to the survival of your teeth. Without these tissues, you may find yourself in need of even more expensive and time-consuming restorations. Guided tissue regeneration, or GTR, can help you get back lost tissue, and preserve your beautiful smile.
Why You May Need Guided Tissue Regeneration
Your teeth are held in place by the surrounding gum tissues, connective ligaments, and supportive bone. Periodontal disease is an infection caused by the harmful bacteria in plaque. This disease can ultimately lead to the destruction of tissues that hold your teeth in place. As your tissues diminish, your teeth will begin to loosen or even fall out. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in the United States.
Periodontal disease can cause the bone to break down. If we catch it in time, we may recommend certain techniques to stimulate new bone growth. This new growth will increase the height of the bone and give your tooth more support. In the end, the goal is to extend the life of a tooth.
How Guided Tissue Regeneration Works
The destruction of tissues leads to gaps that form between the teeth and bone. These gaps often require another procedure known as a bone graft. During a bone graft, bone graft material is placed into the gaps in hopes of fostering new bone growth. In some cases, guided tissue regeneration is considered an alternative to bone grafts. In others, it may be used in conjunction with bone graft materials.
During GTR, Dr. Karl Zeren uses a resorbable or non-resorbable artificial membrane to keep your soft tissues from growing into the gaps. The membrane is vital to the success of the operation, because it keeps the faster migrating soft tissue cells at bay, allowing the slower migrating bone-producing cells to populate and fill the gaps.
The procedure is quite simple. During a minor surgery, we open the gum tissues to produce a flap. Underneath this flap, we clean out and remove all bacteria, plaque, and tartar deposits. Next, the membrane is put in place (with or without grafting material) to separate the bone and gum tissues. After the membrane is in place, we will suture the incision.
After the Procedure
Immediately following the procedure, you may experience some pain or discomfort. You will receive pain and anti-inflammatory medications to minimize discomfort and swelling. After the first three days, over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Advil should suffice. Once the healing is complete, the stitches and membrane will dissolve.
In some cases, we may need to schedule an appointment to remove your stitches. After about six months, new bone should regenerate to support the tooth. To decrease your chances of future complications, be sure to implement a strong oral hygiene regimen.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you would like to learn more about guided tissue regeneration, please call (410) 316-6141, and schedule a consultation today!
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