Guided Tissue Regeneration in rockford, dixon and janesville
When the bone, gum, and tissues that keep your teeth in place begin to break down due to periodontal disease, it is important to take steps to halt and reverse this damage. Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR) is a regenerative procedure that helps stimulate the growth of bone and tissue and is commonly used as part of the dental rehabilitation process. GTR is most commonly performed in conjunction with a grafting procedure to grow new bone and tissue.
For example, when the jawbone deteriorates to a certain point, it will no longer have a sufficient amount of mass to support a dental implant, which means a dental bone graft will be necessary. Dental bone grafting is a safe and effective method for promoting the growth of bone in the jaw through the placement of grafting material over the area that has been deteriorated. Once placed, the bone will begin to slowly fuse with the graft, which can take anywhere from four months to over one year. To help facilitate this process, GTR is placed onto the grafting site, which encourages the body to grow new tissue and bone. Similarly, patients who have a gum graft performed to correct gum recession will also have GTR placed to facilitate the healing process.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment, or if you have any additional questions concerning guided tissue regeneration or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
What to Expect Leading up to the Guided Tissue Regeneration Procedure
Prior to performing any procedure, we will conduct an in depth dental and medical health history review and perform a thorough examination to measure for your bite and look for indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer screening, and other signs of periodontal disease. If you have any medical conditions (severe diabetes, heart murmurs, artificial heart joints or valves, hypertension) please notify our staff prior to surgery. Patients who require sedation should avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours prior to surgery except for prescription medication that can be taken with water.
What to Expect During the Guided Tissue Regeneration Process
The first step in the guided tissue regeneration process is application of a local anesthetic to numb the area and relieve any potential pain. Once sufficiently numbed, GTR placement will depend upon the type of procedure being performed. In the case of gum grafting, the next step will be the cleaning of infected gums, followed by the removal of tissue and creating space for GTR to be placed. In the case of dental bone grafting, the area where the graft will occur is opened and prepared for guided tissue regeneration membrane placement. Next, the membrane is placed over the affected area, where it will provide a protective layer that prevents migrating soft tissue from developing in the area and provides time for bone or gum-producing cells to populate. Once the area is stitched shut, the healing process can continue. The membrane is eventually absorbed by the body or removed at a later date.
Aftercare Following Guided Tissue Regeneration
Although guided tissue regeneration will help facilitate the healing process, it is still essential that you follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
- To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Eat soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the first two weeks and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
- Continue practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular periodontal exams to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
Cost of Guided Tissue Regeneration
The cost of guided tissue regeneration will depend on several factors, such as whether dental sedation is used, what procedures are performed, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.