Guided Tissue Regeneration (Periodontal Bone Grafting)
Periodontal disease results in deep pockets and bone loss around the teeth. The bone can develop deep vertical pits and crater-shaped defects, which can be treated with guided tissue regeneration to stimulate bone growth and attachment of gum tissues. Regenerative procedures typically involve bone grafts and tissue engineering growth factors that stimulate the body's ability to regenerate lost periodontal structures. These procedures are done in conjunction with periodontal surgery. It should be noted that not all areas of periodontal disease can be treated in this manner and Drs. Harris and Poth promote the treatment very selectively.