Guided bone regeneration and guided tissue regeneration are a big part of what we do at Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry. Our dentists are highly trained in restorative dentistry and can have your teeth dazzling with the use of GBR, or guided bone regeneration. This allows patients with bone loss to qualify for dental implants that permanently replace natural teeth.
The process of bone regeneration involves your dentist introducing bone-stimulating material to the jawbone. This material can be from the patient, another individual, an animal, or it can be made synthetically. It is disinfected thoroughly and applied to the area that has had a tooth extracted. This material allows bone to grow and replace it, with the body absorbing the material over time.
Performing guided tissue regeneration after an extraction allows the dentist to preserve the socket of the jaw and keep bone loss from occurring. This makes getting dental implants easier, since they require a minimum amount of bone in the jaw to be properly installed.
If bone grafts are not placed in the socket immediately after the tooth has been extracted, the jaw tissues can recede and start the process of degeneration. Placing graft material inside the bone tissue and extraction socket promotes the formation of bone and expedites the healing process.
Try not to touch the area or disturb it in any way. This includes touching it with your teeth and chewing foods on that side of the mouth. The material that was inserted into your socket can be moved, so you must be careful not to move it out of place. Avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth for 48 hours following the extraction and graft so that the area can form a blood clot and the material from the graft can become stable.
Do not let the loss of bone slow you down when it comes to dental implants. You can avoid bone loss altogether by getting a bone graft after a tooth has been extracted to preserve the structure of the jaw.