Guided Tissue Regeneration for Tissue Growth
Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR) is a process of facilitating bone and gum regeneration through the placement of barrier membranes, which prevent cells from penetrating the gums and allows for gingival tissue and new bone to grow. GTR is used to provide stability and support for a tooth or teeth with periodontal defects, which are most commonly caused by gum disease.
Gum disease develops when bacteria attaches to your teeth and begins to multiply, eventually forming a film around your teeth called plaque. When plaque remains on your teeth for an extended period of time, surrounding tissue becomes irritated and inflamed, which can cause patients to develop gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. If gum disease is not addressed at this stage, it may progress to the next stage, periodontitis. This stage is characterized by gums that are more inflamed and prone to bleeding, as well as deepening pockets between the tooth and gum tissue. As these pockets deepen, more bacteria accumulate, which then degrades the soft and hard tissue. At this point, the roots of surrounding teeth can become infected, resulting in teeth becoming loose or painful and jawbone deterioration. GTR is an effective method to help reverse this level of decay and facilitate the growth of new jawbone and gum tissue.
From regular periodontal maintenance to repairing, correcting, and preventing periodontal disease, including the placement of dental implants, we are proud to provide you with the highest quality dental care available in a comfortable environment. We are also committed to ensuring you know as much as possible about your oral health so you can make important, informed decisions regarding your oral health and treatment options. To learn more about guided tissue regeneration, please refer to the following information; or if you would like to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, contact us today at (740) 366-3559.
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Guided Tissue Regeneration Process
When periodontal disease has resulted in gaps forming between your teeth and bones, it may be necessary to have a bone graft procedure, which often includes the use of guided tissue regeneration. By placing these membranes on the affected area, migrating soft tissue cells are blocked from growing and the bone-producing cells are provided more time to grow.
On the day of the procedure, we will answer any questions you have and make sure you are comfortable. Next, we will administer a local anesthetic (and dental sedation if necessary) to ensure that any pain or discomfort is minimized or eliminated. Once you are sufficiently numbed, the infected gum will be opened and the area underneath thoroughly cleaned. Once the bacteria is removed, a membrane is placed over the bone and the site is sutured shut. With the membrane in place and the area closed, the healing process and bone regeneration can begin. The membrane will typically dissolve naturally, but may be removed at a later date if necessary.
Once the bone or gums have sufficiently regrown, your procedure will be complete!
Caring for your Gums Following Guided Tissue Regeneration
Aftercare instructions following guided tissue regeneration will largely be informed by the type of procedure you are having performed, and may be very moderate and require very little aftercare modification, or in the case of more significant procedures such as bone grafts, aftercare instructions may be very detailed and specific. Regardless of the type of procedure you have performed, we will provide you with clear aftercare instructions to ensure that you maximize the healing process.
The most important thing you can do following guided tissue regeneration is take proactive steps to ensure you will not require similar procedures in the future. The most effective way to ensure the longevity of your procedure and prevent similar issues from developing in the future is to maintain good oral hygiene. In addition to brushing twice daily (minimum) and flossing on a regular basis, it is equally important to brush and floss properly. Every time you brush, do so for at least two minutes. Once you are done, clean your toothbrush. It is also important to replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles become irregular or flay.
Along with following good self-care, it is also important to schedule regular checkups with your periodontist at least every six months. These regular appointments allow us to conduct a professional cleaning that will remove plaque and tartar that cannot be removed using traditional methods, and provide us with an opportunity to survey your current oral health and identity and address issues before they develop. If you follow these best practices, you will maximize the longevity of your procedure and enjoy a bright, healthy smile for many years to come!
Cost of Guided Tissue Regeneration
The cost of guided tissue regeneration will be determined by a variety of factors, including what (if any) type of dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, and how much (if any) of the cost is covered by your dental insurance plan. We are happy to help you file your claim and ensure that you maximize your insurance reimbursement, but any remaining balance will be your responsibility.
If you are not able to pay the full amount due at the time services are rendered, the following financial options may be available:
- Care Credit: 0% interest for (maximum) three months (Our office pays a fee to keep this interest loan free for three months, provided the bill is paid on time)
- 0% interest for pre-authorized debit/credit card for (maximum) four months (Agreement must be signed beforehand)
- Most credit card companies provide interest-free credit for one year to new cardholders.
We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.
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At Newark Periodontics & Dental Implant Specialists, our patients are our most important asset. We are committed to providing you with high-quality care and developing a trusting, long-lasting relationship to ensure you receive continuity of care tailored to your unique needs.
To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about guided tissue regeneration or other services we offer, contact our staff at (740) 366-3559.
We look forward to providing you with the care and support you deserve!