What is guided bone regeneration (GBR)?
Guided bone regeneration (GBR) is a surgical procedure that can be used to regrow bone around teeth. This can help to save natural teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted, enable the placement of dental implants, and improve the esthetics of the smile.
When is GBR necessary?
GBR may be necessary for patients who have lost bone around their teeth due to periodontal disease, gum disease, or trauma. Bone loss can also occur naturally as we age.
What are the benefits of GBR?
GBR offers a number of benefits, including:
- Saving natural teeth
- Enabling dental implants
- Improving esthetics
- Preventing further bone loss and tooth loss
- Improving overall well-being
How is GBR performed?
GBR is typically performed under local anesthesia. The first step is to fold back the gum tissue and clean the area. Next, a bone substitute is packed into the area and covered with a special healing membrane. The membrane helps to keep the bone substitute in place and prevents the gums from growing into the bone defect.
The gum tissue is then sutured back into place, and the area is given time to heal. During this period, the membrane and bone substitute solidify and blend with your natural bone. Once fully healed, the damaged bone will regain its original strength and stability, allowing for improved function and esthetics.
What are the risks of GBR?
GBR is a safe and effective procedure, but there are some potential risks, including:
- Membrane exposure
- Bone failure
How long is the recovery time from GBR?
The recovery time from GBR varies depending on the individual patient. However, most patients can expect to return to their normal activities within a few weeks.
What are the costs of GBR?
The cost of GBR varies depending on the individual patient and the complexity of the procedure. However, GBR is an investment in your oral health and overall well-being.
Is GBR right for me?
If you are considering GBR, talk to your dentist today to see if it is right for you. Your dentist will assess your individual needs and discuss the risks and benefits of GBR with you.
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What are the different types of bone substitutes used in GBR?
There are a variety of bone substitutes that can be used in GBR, including:
- Autograft: Bone taken from another part of the patient’s body, such as the hip or shin.
- Allograft: Bone taken from a cadaver and donated to a bone bank.
- Xenograft: Bone taken from an animal, such as a cow or pig.
- Synthetic bone substitutes: Materials made from synthetic materials, such as hydroxyapatite.
Which type of bone substitute is best for me?
Your dentist will recommend the best type of bone substitute for your individual needs. Autograft is often considered the gold standard for bone grafting, but allografts and xenografts are also widely used. Synthetic bone substitutes are also becoming increasingly popular.
How long does it take for the bone to heal after GBR?
It can take several months for the bone to fully heal after GBR. Your dentist will monitor your healing and let you know when it is safe to proceed with other dental procedures, such as dental implant placement.
What can I expect after GBR surgery?
After GBR surgery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication and provide you with instructions on how to care for the surgical site. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to promote healing and prevent complications.
What are the long-term success rates of GBR?
GBR has a high success rate, with most patients achieving successful bone regeneration. However, the success rate can vary depending on the individual patient and the complexity of the procedure.
If you are considering GBR, talk to your dentist today. GBR is a safe and effective procedure that can help to improve your oral health and overall well-being. Or you can contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you with any of your dental needs. [https://calendly.com/sbenatidentistry/interview]
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