What is it?
Guided bone regeneration is a minor repair of the bone and is usually performed at the same time as the implant is being placed.
Human bone has the capacity to partially rebuild itself, but in some cases this process requires assistance. Biomaterials can support the body’s natural ability to regenerate lost bone.
The material is placed to act as a “biological space holder”. Initially, it mechanically prevents the collapse of the surrounding tissues. Then, through a process called “guided bone regeneration,” the human body is fooled to recognize the graft as natural bone and over time breaks it down to replace it with natural bone.
When is it needed?
– To support and augment the jaw bone when using dental implants, if the existing amount of bone is not sufficient for long-term stable implant anchoring.
– Repair defects around previously placed dental implants.
– Extensive bone damage; bone reconstruction after extensive bone loss.