Guided Tissue Regeneration in Pembroke
When patients are due for a surgical treatment, such as dental implants or wisdom tooth extractions, sometimes the tissues are not quite ready. Side effects of physical trauma to the jaw, tooth loss, or gum disease can result in deteriorated tissues that need to be restored before you can pursue other treatments or avoid oral diseases.
What is Guided Tissue Regeneration?
The traditional method for revitalizing tissues in a certain area used to be through the use of donated tissue or replaced tissue from another area of the patient’s body. It was applied to the area of deterioration and left to heal naturally. However, thanks to new technology and treatment practices, these previous grafting treatments aren’t the only available solution.
With Guided Tissue Regeneration, the grafting materials needed is much smaller, and as the name suggests, it’s much more structured to ensure optimal healing.
When it becomes necessary to extract a tooth, it leaves such a wide, empty gap in your jawbone. This exposed portion of your jawbone is left open to potential infections, so it’s important that it be filled in to “preserve the socket” as the name suggests. Dr. Munro places small bone granules into the open socket to restore shape, and prevent that area of the jawbone from deteriorating further.
If a patient needs work done on their upper jaw, but do not have the bone structure to support new dental implements, than a sinus lift may be recommended. This treatment applies new bone to the sinus cavities above the jaw, in order to build a more solid foundation for a dental implant or other device. Similar to a socket preservation treatment, the sinus has new bone material packed into the cavity to a certain degree. The site is closed over with stitches and left to heal.