Guided Bone/Tissue Regeneration

The bone around teeth can be lost for a number of reasons, which include periodontal disease, or more specifically, the bacteria that reside in deep pockets or defects around the teeth.
 
Guided bone regeneration (GBR) and guided tissue regeneration (GTR) are procedures that require the use of special membranes which are used to direct the growth of desired new bone or gingival tissue in places where there is a lack of healthy growth presently.  Essentially, these membranes allow the growth of some cells, while acting as barriers to unwanted cell types from growing in the same site. 
 
These more advanced techniques to replace bone and tissue that have been lost due to periodontal disease are used to provide:

 

  • Proper function and support to weakened teeth

  • Desired aesthetic size and shape to ridge and gums

  • Re-enforcement and height to areas of the jaw that are being prepared for dental implants.


GBR, though similar to GTR, is focused on the development of the bone as well as the periodontal attachment. Guided bone regeneration is used in the oral cavity to help support the desired growth of new hard tissue (bone) in areas that are being prepared to accept dental implants, or to help support unstable teeth in the jaw.
 
When performed with proper surgical technique, GBR is a reliable and effective procedure performed routinely at the Implant Perio Centre Northshore.