Guided bone regeneration is a dental procedure that is used for increasing bone mass in cases where vertical and/or horizontal defects in the jawbone exist. It is a reliable method for re-establishing hard tissue volume in areas of bone loss, which has taken place in the upper or lower jaw as the result of periodontal disease, trauma, cyst or tumor surgery, or subsequent to a dental extraction.
During a guided bone regeneration procedure a special membrane is positioned to cover a newly placed bone graft in the area of a bony defect. This membrane facilitates new growth of bone, while preventing any growth of unwanted soft tissue into the area.
Guided bone regeneration can enable the placement of dental implants in cases in which implants would otherwise not be possible.