David B. Rosen, D.M.D.- Practice Limited to Periodontics, Dental Implants & Sleep Disordered Breathing (Sleep Apnea & Snoring)


 

 

For over the past fifteen years, dental clinicians and researchers have developed the ability to regenerate bone around teeth and on edentulous jaw ridges in association with implant reconstruction. This technical advancement, termed "Guided Bone Regeneration", has allowed millions of people to restore health to diseased teeth which would have been condemned to extraction in the past. In other cases, this remarkable therapy has given patients who have already lost teeth a second chance to enjoy the benefits of "permanent teeth" with the help of dental implant reconstruction. In all cases, patients experience an enhanced quality of life as a direct result of improved health, function and appearance.



BIOLOGIC PRINCIPLES OF TREATMENT


It is known that bone heals more slowly than the gum tissues in the mouth. Without Guided Bone Regeneration techniques, the faster healing gum would prevent the bone from maximizing its full healing potential following surgical procedures. The concept of treatment is simple. A biocompatible membrane is placed between the gum and bone which acts as a barrier. This barrier prevents downgrowth of the gum into the underlying bone as it heals. Oftentimes, a bone graft is placed into the underlying bony irregularities, under the membrane, to help the body grow new bone. Membranes around teeth are typically designed to dissolve away, or resorb, after several weeks of healing have passed. Membranes used to restore bony ridges in association with implant therapy are typically non-resorbable, and must be removed at a later date.


SEQUENCE OF EVENTS DURING TREATMENT


TREATMENT AROUND TEETH


treatment around teeth


Treatment 2


TREATMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH IMPLANT THERAPY


RESTORATION OF THE BONY RIDGE PRIOR TO IMPLANT PLACEMENT


Gore-Tex 1


RESTORATION OF THE BONY RIDGE AT THE SAME TIME AS IMPLANT PLACEMENT


Gore-Tex 1



This information was adapted from the Guidor USA brochure "Information on Guided Tissue Regeneration" and the W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc. brochure, "Regeneration of Bone: Helping The Body Heal Itself".

 

 

 

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