Guided Tissue Regeneration (GTR)
The term “regeneration” describes the regrowth of tissues (soft/ gums and hard/ bone) that is lost in such a way that its architecture and function are completely restored.
Guided bone regeneration is a clinical technique that aims to augment missing bone at the alveolar process. Regeneration of periodontal tissue is a method of regenerating damaged periodontal tissue to a condition as close to the original as possible.
Platelet Rich Growth Factor (PRGF) is a by-product of blood that is exceptionally rich in platelets. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has long been used in hospitals to accelerate the body’s own healing process but it is only recently that advances in technology have allowed this same technique to be used in the dental practice.
Reasons for Platelet Rich Growth Factor (PRGF) Treatment
- Lower Infection Risk – PRP is smeared thickly on the wound after the procedure by the dentist and actually seals the wound away from infectious agents, lowering the risk of problems.
- Accelerated Healing – The saturation of the wound with PRP helps increase tissue synthesis due to its growth factors, and this in turn results in faster tissue regeneration. Speedier healing decreases the risk of later infections, complications, and discomfort.
- Safety and Convenience – Disease transmission is non-issue since the blood is harvested from the patient’s own blood supply. The amount of blood needed is small and can be collected during the treatment.
- It is less expensive than similar treatments, which require using blood from a blood bank or undergoing intravenous harvesting at a hospital. Most insurance providers do not cover the cost of PRGF or similar treatments, but many patients consider this procedure a worthwhile investment in their oral health.
- It is convenient, since it can be performed in conjunction with other treatments, often in a single appointment.
We have started using this process in our surgical procedures like implants, surgical extractions and apicectomies.
Should you want any more information regarding this procedure please contact the practice or speak to your dentist.