Guided Tissue Regeneration in San Diego, CA
Teeth are held in place by gum and bone tissue. But when you have periodontal disease, the chronic infection destroys the gum and bone tissue that provide support to teeth. When too much bone is lost due to periodontal disease, the tooth will likely need to be extracted. Once a tooth has been lost, the supporting jawbone will disappear over time. Jawbone resorption not only changes the contour of the face but also compromises your ability to hold a dental implant.
Taly Dental offers minimally invasive guided tissue regeneration (GTR) procedures to stimulate the regrowth of lost bone. Using membrane barriers, tissue-stimulating proteins, and bioactive growth factor gels, we employ innovative techniques to help your body build new jawbone tissue. Take advantage of our guided tissue regeneration procedures in San Diego, CA, to save your teeth, provide support for dental implants, or improve the appearance of fixed bridges.
How does guided tissue regeneration work?
When gum and bone tissue are lost to periodontal disease, they leave gaps ⏤ or bony defects ⏤ between your tooth and the supporting bone. Normally, fast-growing soft gum tissue migrates and fills in the bony defects. Gum tissue, however, can’t support your teeth the way bone does.
The purpose of guided tissue regeneration is to prevent the migration of soft tissue into the bony defects, allowing the slower-growing bone cells to fill in the gaps instead.
To encourage your body’s natural ability to rebuild lost bone, your doctor first treats periodontal disease then places a biocompatible membrane between the gum and bone tissue. This membrane blocks soft tissue from moving into and growing inside the bony defect, giving bone tissue time and space to regenerate and fill in the voids around your tooth. Tissue regenerating proteins and growth factor gels are used with the membrane to speed up bone restoration.
Why do I need guided tissue regeneration?
Taly Dental’s guided tissue regeneration procedures in San Diego, CA, support the body’s natural capabilities to rebuild lost bone. By reversing the damage caused by periodontal disease and preventing further bone loss, this regenerative procedure can increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth and decrease the odds of serious health problems associated with gum disease.
The placement of dental implants may also necessitate the need for guided tissue regeneration. An implant requires a sufficient amount of bone for support. If you don’t have enough bone tissue to hold an implant in place, your periodontist may recommend jawbone regeneration procedures before implantation to ensure the long-lasting success of dental implants.
GTR techniques can also help improve the aesthetics beneath a fixed bridge. When a fixed bridge is placed, the bone under the pontic ⏤ or middle portion of the bridge where the tooth has been lost ⏤ tends to sink and can affect the overall facial structure. Our guided tissue regeneration procedure in San Diego, CA, can be used to repair the aesthetics of the bone under the bridge, adding support for the facial structures to remain in attractive form.
The Benefits of Guided Tissue Regeneration
- Improves aesthetics of teeth
- Saves failing dental implants or bridges
- Stimulates the body to regenerate lost bone
- Restores the natural contours of your mouth
- Minimally invasive alternative to bone grafting
- Helps you save teeth that otherwise should be extracted
- Decreases the odds of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease
Restore Oral Health With Taly Dental
Do you want to regrow lost bone to save your teeth? Have you been told you need more bone tissue to support dental implants? Whatever the reason for your bone restoration needs, Taly Dental’s advanced regenerative therapies can help. Contact us to schedule a consultation with our periodontists to learn if you're a good candidate for guided tissue regeneration.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1- Do I need gum disease surgery before a guided tissue regeneration procedure?
You should eliminate periodontal disease before undergoing a GTR procedure. At Taly Dental, we treat most cases of periodontal disease with the minimally invasive LANAP laser procedure before performing guided tissue regeneration in our San Diego, CA, practice.
2- Can I get this procedure instead of bone grafting?
Guided tissue regeneration can be performed in combination with or as a minimally invasive alternative to bone grafting. At our state-of-the-art San Diego practice, we use cutting-edge 3D-imaging systems to determine the best treatment plan for your periodontal needs.
3- What can I expect during a GTR procedure?
During a GTR procedure, your periodontist will fold back the gum tissue to eliminate bacteria inside periodontal pockets and gain access to tooth roots. After applying growth factor gels on tooth roots, a membrane is placed between the gum and bone tissue. The membrane separates hard from soft tissue to allow bone cells to grow without interference from the gums.
4- Is the guided tissue regeneration procedure painful?
GTR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, so some discomfort is inevitable. At Taly Dental, we employ minimally invasive techniques and offer different levels of sedation to make guided tissue regeneration in San Diego, CA, as comfortable as possible. You can resume normal eating within 24 hours of undergoing a GTR procedure at our practice.
5- How should I care for my teeth after a GTR procedure?
You must practice good oral hygiene and visit your periodontist regularly to prevent gum disease from coming back. Maintaining optimal oral health is crucial for stimulating new bone growth.
6- How long does it take for the bone to grow?
With proper maintenance and postoperative care, it can take up to six months after a guided tissue regeneration procedure for new bone to grow and provide adequate support for your teeth or dental implants.