Guided bone regeneration (GBR) is a dental procedure that promotes the growth of new bone in areas where there is insufficient bone to support dental implants. It is commonly used in implant dentistry to enhance the success and stability of dental implant placement.

During the GBR procedure, your periodontist will first prepare the treatment area by removing any damaged or diseased tissue. A special barrier membrane is then placed over the area to prevent soft tissue from invading the space and allow the bone to regenerate undisturbed.

The barrier acts as a guide, keeping the gum tissue away from the area and providing a protected environment for new bone growth. It allows the body’s natural healing processes to occur and encourages the bone to regenerate in a controlled manner.

Bone graft materials are then placed along with the barrier to further support bone regeneration. These grafts provide a scaffold for new bone cells to grow and integrate.

Over time, the new bone gradually replaces the barrier material and fills in the deficient area. This regenerated bone then provides a stable foundation for dental implant placement.

Guided bone regeneration is a valuable technique that enables the restoration of lost bone structure and facilitates successful dental procedures. Your periodontist will evaluate your specific situation and determine if GBR is necessary to achieve optimal treatment outcomes. They will provide detailed explanations and answer any questions you may have to ensure you understand the process.