Guided Bone Regeneration
When healthy, your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth. Untreated periodontal disease will destroy these supporting tissues causing the development of deep pockets around the teeth. Your periodontist may recommend a bone graft to replace some of the lost support allowing the teeth to be retained.
1. After the patient has been numbed, the gums are folded back to visualize the extent of the damage and clean the root and bone defect.
2. Once the area is adequately cleaned, a bone grafting material is placed into the bone defect.
3. In some instances, a guided tissue membrane may be placed over the bone to seal in the graft and prevent the gum tissue from growing into the defect.
4. The gum tissues are then secured over the membrane with stitches.
5. In most cases, after 5 to 6 months, the bone will have regrown and the pocket will have been reduced to a cleansable depth.