Guided Bone & Tissue Regeneration
Traditional periodontal surgery eliminates the gum pockets by removing the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven supporting structures of the teeth. 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 Tissue Regeneration, also referred to as guided bone regeneration. This procedure is used to restore gum and bone tissue that has been lost due to infection.
During this procedure, the remaining tartar and bacteria are removed as with periodontal surgery. In specific areas of bone loss a combination of a bone graft and/or growth factors are placed into the area of loss. These act to stimulate your body to re-form bone and restore support around the teeth.
The effectiveness of the procedure generally depends on the patient’s willingness to follow a strict postoperative oral care. Dr. Suttle or Dr. Pierce will help you determine if bone regeneration surgery is right for you.