Gum disease has traditionally been treated by eliminating the gum pockets and trimming away the infected gum tissue or by re-contouring the uneven bone levels. 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 tissue regeneration. This procedure is used to stabilize endangered teeth and regenerate the original periodontal tissues that were destroyed by the disease process.
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. Criveanu 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.
The effectiveness of the procedure generally depends on the patient’s willingness to follow a strict postoperative diet and careful oral care. Dr. Criveanu will help you determine if bone regeneration surgery is right for you.