tissue grafting

What is Guided Tissue Regeneration?

There are several tissue regeneration procedures which can be used to promote the re-growth of bone which has been destroyed.

One of the more recent procedures is done with the application of a special gel to a diseased root of a tooth. The gel consists partly of proteins which are identical to the proteins naturally found in tooth enamel. This stimulates the growth of healthy tissue and bone matter as the body is tricked into thinking that the formation of a new tooth is occurring.

Another approach involves a section of bio-compatible material being surgically inserted directly between the existing tooth and bone. This promotes the growth of the bone by preventing gum tissue from covering the area where the bone is growing.

What is Soft Tissue Grafting?

If gum tissue is lost due to periodontal gum disease it has the effect of receding the gum-line giving the appearance that the teeth have greater length than normal. This can be treated by grafting small patches of tissue – which is taken from the patient’s pallet – to the gums where the tissue has receded. This procedure does not only improve the appearance of the teeth but also prevents further recession of the gums and protects the exposed dental roots from decay.

Original Source: Dental Care Plus