Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)
How GTR Works
A special membrane is placed between the gum and bone. In certain cases, the gap in the bone that allowed the bacteria responsible for causing gum disease is filled with a material used as a substitute for the original bone known as “Bone Graft”. This prevents fast growing gum tissue from filling the space where bone was lost. This way, new bone has time to grow where it’s needed.
Here is how GTR is done:
- Surgery on gum and bone: The gum is opened. The area under the gums is cleaned out to remove all bacterial deposits.Then a membrane (with or without the bone graft material) is placed over the damaged bone.
- Separating tissues: Once in place between bone and gum, the membrane provides necessary space and time for the bone to heal and start regenerating itself.
To decrease your chances of other health problems associated with periodontal disease, it is important to continue with your daily oral hygiene routine, along with professional maintenance care.