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Ridge Preservation with Bone Grafting and Membrane

Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) is a term that refers to procedures that are designed to regenerate bone to repair defects around natural teeth and dental implants that were previously placed or to generate additional bone in areas that are deficient prior to the placement of bridges or implants.

This process is achieved utilizing bone grafts protected by biocompatible membranes which keep fast-growing gum tissue out and allow bone to grow.

If you suffer severe periodontal disease, the bone in the jaw that supports your teeth may be damaged. Additionally, after a tooth is lost or extracted, much of the bone that surrounds the root of the tooth can be lost. Such bone loss is called "bone resorption".

Regardless of the cause, bone loss leaves some patients with difficulty in eating or speaking, a less attractive appearance, or with too little bone to secure a dental bridge or implant.

Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) is a technique used by Dr. Doctor to create additional bone in areas that are deficient. This procedure can be performed: prior to placing fixed or removable bridges or dental implants; in order to repair defects around implants that were previously placed; or to improve a patient's oral health, appearance, and ability to eat and speak properly and in comfort.

During GBR therapy, Dr. Doctor opens the gum in the affected area. Regenerative membranes are then surgically placed between the gum and bone, allowing your natural bone tissue to grow and heal without interference. The regenerative membranes block fast-growing gum tissue, enabling the slower-growing bone cells to fill in the areas of bone loss. In some cases, the defect in the bone may be filled with different types of material before placement of the protective membrane barrier, in order to support the re-growth of bone.

Guided Bone Regeneration therapy helps your body to heal itself by naturally increasing bone in the jaw, to support replacement options such as implants, and builds a foundation of bone which protects the health of your surrounding natural teeth.

GBR therapy is also used by Dr. Doctor as an aid to restoring your periodontal health. After treatment, the bone in your jaw is returned to adequate height with a ridge that is able to support your tooth correctly for proper function and a great smile.

GBR therapy is performed six months prior to the placement of an implant. Dr. Doctor will be able to advise you about the time necessary for GBR therapy to be effective in your own individual case.

Following GBR therapy, Dr. Doctor will advise you on proper home oral care to protect the area immediately after surgery and in preparation for the placement of your bridge or implant.

If GBR therapy is performed to help renew your periodontal health, the doctor will discuss immediate and ongoing home oral care along with periodontal maintenance appointments to keep your oral health going strong.

Missing bone and tissue can be restored to create a solid foundation for your beautiful smile.

Today we are able to restore or regenerate missing bone and attachment around teeth subjected to long-standing periodontal disease or trauma.  If you have lost a tooth due to trauma or disease, Dr. Doctor can restore or regenerate bone prior to the placement of bridges or dental implants.

These methods are referred to as Guided Bone Regeneration and Guided Tissue Regeneration.  The procedures attempt to regenerate lost periodontal structures, lost bone, periodontal ligaments, and connective tissue attachment that support your teeth. This is accomplished using biocompatible membranes, bone grafts and/or tissue stimulating proteins. These procedures are common prior to or in conjunction with the placement of dental implants.

Guided Bone Regeneration and Guided Tissue Regeneration procedures have allowed millions of people to restore health to diseased teeth which would have been condemned to extraction in the past.

If you have lost teeth, these remarkable therapies have given clients a second chance to enjoy the benefits of permanent teeth with the help of dental implant reconstruction.  You will experience an enhanced quality of life as a direct result of improved health, function and appearance.

Bone takes longer to mature and become bone.  Guided Bone Regeneration allows the bone to maximize its full healing potential following surgical procedures.

Membranes around teeth are typically designed to dissolve away, or reabsorb, after several weeks of healing have passed. Some membranes used to restore bony ridges in association with bone implant therapy are not absorbable and must be removed.

Bone Grafts

A bone graft is a surgical procedure that replaces missing bone with material from your own body (autogenous bone) or an artificial, synthetic, or natural substitute.

A bone graft not only replaces missing bone, but also helps your body to regrow its own lost bone. This new bone growth strengthens the grafted area by forming a bridge between your existing bone and the graft material.

Over time your own newly formed bone will replace much of the grafted material.

Bone grafts may be needed when part of your body is missing bone. This missing portion of bone is frequently called a bony defect. Examples of jawbone defects are defects which occur following tooth extraction; generalized decrease in the quantity of jawbone from trauma or long-term tooth loss; defects surrounding "old style" dental implants; and defects resulting from cysts or tumor surgery.

These are the grafting services that we offer in our Southlake and Arlington offices: