Dr. Musto

Practice Limited to Periodontics and Dental Implants

920 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 203, Forty Fort, PA 18704


Guided Tissue Bone Regeneration

Traditionally, periodontal destruction is managed by trimming away the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven bone. Although this is still an effective treatment option, guided tissue bone regeneration "regenerates" the previously lost bone tissue, rather than re-contouring the existing bone. Bone grafting is an option depending on the shape and progression of the bone destruction and the general health of the patient. Allograft donor material is used for bone grafting procedures. The bone is obtained from a tissue bank and is prepared from human cadavers. It is used to assist the patients own bone to grow into the site needing repair. This grafting material has extensive testing and is effective, predictable, and very safe.

Most techniques utilize membranes, which are placed over the bone defect and graft material. In some cases, a membrane is not necessary. In general, bio-absorbable or dissolvable membranes are used. Other regenerative procedures may involve the use of bioactive gels, which can enhance the regenerative process.

When the procedure is completed sutures, and possibly a protective “bandage”, are placed to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. You will need to be seen seven to ten days after surgery to remove sutures, evaluate your healing, and to review oral hygiene.