Guided Bone & Tissue Regeneration

This is no longer the preferred way of treating gum disease. There are more new and sophisticated procedures used today.

Gum disease has traditionally been treated by eliminating the gum pockets by reshaping the infected gum tissue and by rebuilding 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 help stabilize 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. Carlton may recommend tissue regeneration. During this surgical procedure, the pockets are cleaned thoroughly, and a membrane is installed between the soft tissue and the pocket in the bone. Some of these membranes are bio-absorbable and some require removal. The membrane covers the pocket so that fast-growing soft tissue is blocked, and slower-growing bone can begin to grow, or “regenerate” itself.

Regeneration procedures are extremely effective and have been used for over a decade. Excellent results are obtained by using operating microscopes and microsurgical technique.