Telling bone which way to grow.
Because gum tissue grows back more quickly than bone, doctors had a dilemma: How do we win the race against soft tissue to fill the empty space with bone? A dental surgical procedure known as guided bone regeneration was developed to save room for the bone to regrow. The technique uses a barrier membrane to hold back the soft tissue while containing and directing the bone, giving it a chance to regrow where it’s needed so it can form the foundation for dental implants.
Bone regeneration has several recognized dental applications to:
- Regrow bone lost to periodontitis around affected teeth
- Preserve tooth sockets for future implant sites
- Rebuild lost bone in sites that have been missing teeth for some time to allow future implant placement