Posted on 11/5/2016 by Scholes Periodontics & Implants
Historically, the only way that patients could really treat their advanced gum disease was to go through a surgical procedure that could help to reduce periodontal pockets.
Unfortunately, this procedure often resulted in exposing the roots, increased sensitivity, and the appearance of long teeth.
Now, your periodontist may recommend guided tissue regeneration instead, as this minimally invasive procedure attempts to regenerate the lost periodontal structures that work to support the teeth.
When is GTR Recommended?
There are very specific situations in which GTR will be recommended as an appropriate treatment plan. For the most part, this regenerative procedure will be suggested when the bone that supports your teeth has eroded as a result of gum disease. Regeneration procedures can be beneficial in reversing some of this damage by regenerating both the lost tissue and bone.
How Does the Procedure Work?
If your periodontist is going to perform GTR, the gum tissue will first be folded back, and your dentist will then remove any bacteria, plaque, or debris that could be contributing to your gum disease. Then, tissue-stimulating proteins will be placed, as these can encourage your body to naturally regenerate bone and tissue.
What Are the Benefits of GTR?
By getting rid of the bacteria under the gums, the hope is that once the bone and tissue regenerate, they will reduce the pocket depths and can start to repair damage that was caused by your gum disease. However, this shouldn't be the only thing that you do to try and treat your gum disease.
You'll still need to maintain good oral hygiene, and your periodontist will likely need to see you frequently for cleanings and to check the health of your gums and teeth.
If you are interested in guided tissue regeneration, contact our office to see if you might be a good candidate.