How Regenerated Bone Tissue Can Strengthen Your Jaw
Posted on 6/21/2021 by David Mugford
One of the amazing advancements in periodontal technology are bone grafting procedures. These surgeries make it possible for patients to restore jaw bone health, so implants can be placed and teeth can be saved.
How Bone Grafting Can Help Regenerate Bone Tissue
A surgical procedure that replaces missing bone, bone grafting involves using a material, known as a bone graft. The bone graft not only replaces the deteriorated and missing bone, it encourages the growth of healthy bone. The new bone strengthens the jaw by causing a bridge to form between it and the graft. Over time, the newly developed bone will replace most of the grafted material.
Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR)
Besides bone grafting, guided bone regeneration (GBR) is used to regrow bone as well. In this procedure, we place a membrane over the bone graft site to further encourage bone growth and prevent the growth and presence of scar tissue at the grafting site. Both bone grafting and GBR make it possible to regenerate the bone lost to periodontal disease. This missing part of the bone is often called the “bony defect.” Defects can result from extractions, trauma, or tumor or cyst surgery. Keep in mind that different GBR membranes can be used for this process. For example, some membranes are made with synthetic polymers. In these cases, the membranes must be removed several weeks or months later during a second procedure. Other GBR membranes are made up of natural materials, and therefore melt away or resorb in the body.
Are Bone Grafts and GBR Procedures Painful?
When you receive a bone graft or GBR, it is done under an anesthesia. Therefore, the procedure, itself, is not uncomfortable or painful. We normally prescribe an antibiotic and pain medicine after the procedures. The use of these therapies allows the jaw to become stronger over time so implants can be placed or periodontal disease can be treated effectively.
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