Bone loss is a common problem among older adults, particularly those who have missing or decaying teeth. Guided Bone Regeneration is a surgical dental procedure that directs the growth of new bone tissue in areas of the jaw that are lacking in bone density or thickness.
Dental bone regeneration procedures are mainly focused on developing the hard tissues along one’s jaw so a dental appliance, such as dental implants, can be successfully attached. Other procedures, such as bone grafting, may also be used in conjunction with Guided Bone Regeneration to promote hard tissue growth along the jaw.
Dental bone regeneration is often used in preparation for periodontal procedures, such as dental implants. Often, a patient needs dental implants but does not have adequate bone tissue to support them. Bone regeneration helps build up bone around the implants after a tooth extraction to provide a solid foundation upon which to place dental implants securely. The procedure may also be used to fill bone defects after a tooth is removed or to preserve sockets in preparation for the future implantation of false teeth or other dental prosthetics.
Before a Guided Bone Regeneration procedure takes place, your dentist will determine if you are a qualified candidate who can withstand hard tissue growth in the jaw. If you are found to be a good candidate for the procedure, a surgical appointment will be scheduled.
During your procedure, your gum pockets will be cleaned and a biocompatible membrane will be inserted between the pockets and gum tissue to guide the bone tissue growth within the gum pockets. A graft material – sourced from a human or animal donor or produced synthetically in a lab – will be placed into areas of the jaw in need of augmentation. This graft material will become absorbed into the natural tissues and stimulate growth over time.
Depending on the size of your graft, recovery may take anywhere from two to three weeks; however the graft material will undergo a process called osseointegration over the next 3 or more months.
Regenerative methods like these are vital to the success of one’s dental implant or dental bridge or to correct defects in the bone. In addition to helping restore one’s smile, regenerative procedures can actually improve a patient’s dental health by preventing the further decay of tissues beneath the gum line.
At The Texas Dental Implant Center, we are experts in periodontal procedures like these and are committed to providing our patients with the quality care and comprehensive service they need to permanently restore their smile. Bone regeneration is just one such procedure that can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted in a healthy and natural way. If you are interested in learning more about procedures like these, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with us.