Guided Tissue Regeneration in Washington DC & Alexandria VA
Guided tissue regeneration can restore bone and gum, providing a foundation for dental implants.
Advanced periodontal disease causes loss of healthy gum and bone tissue. Once tooth loss occurs, this degeneration increases rapidly. If dental implants are desired, tissues must be regenerated in order to provide a solid foundation for the new teeth.
Benefits of Guided Tissue Regeneration
Guided tissue regeneration, or GTR, offers many benefits including:
- Helps the body rebuild lost bone in the jaw
- Builds up diminished gum tissue
- Secures at-risk natural teeth
- Saves failing bridges or implants
- Improving the look of your smile
- Heads off serious health problems caused by gum disease
Effects of Bone Loss
Even at early stages of gum disease, infection begins to eat away at the gingiva (gum tissue) and bone that support the teeth. If left unchecked, this can lead to tooth loss. Once this happens, the bone will continue to dissolve, weakening its hold on adjacent teeth and making it difficult to place dental implants. Guided tissue regeneration can stimulate gum tissue and bone growth, creating a strong anchor for replacement teeth.
Guided Tissue Regeneration Process
The purpose of guided bone and tissue regeneration is to stimulate the body to regrow healthy bone and gum tissue that is lost as a result of infection or atrophy. There are several options for treatment depending on each patient’s individual needs.
Treatment may include tissue stimulating proteins, membrane barriers, or bioactive growth factor gels. In some cases, bone grafting is required. These grafts may come from the patient’s own bone, synthetic materials, or tissue banks.
Candidates for Guided Tissue Regeneration
Guided tissue regeneration prior to dental implant surgery can make sure the implant has a secure base of bone to fuse with. The procedure can also benefit denture wearers, if bone loss is causing discomfort or the jawline is noticeably diminished. GTR can also be beneficial for patients with fixed bridges who have noticed the area around the pontic sinking.
When existing teeth are at risk of falling out because of the effects of gum disease, guided tissue regeneration may be used in concert with osseous surgery, which will eliminate the infection and avoid future bone and gum loss.
Periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.