Guided 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 guided tissue regeneration. This procedure is used to stabilize endangered teeth.
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. Farris, Dr. Gonzalez or Dr. Sharma may recommend periodontal regeneration. During this surgical procedure, the pockets are cleaned thoroughly, a bone graft and/or a membrane is installed between the soft tissue and the defect in the bone. 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.
Drs. Farris, Gonzalez or Sharma will help you determine if bone regeneration surgery is right for you.