Understanding Guided Bone Regeneration in Implant Dentistry

Posted on Apr 19 2016 - 6:07am by Admin

Implant DentistryGuided bone regeneration (GBR) and guided tissue regeneration (GTR) have been around in implant dentistry for over twenty years now.

GBR and GTR are highly recommended for supporting new bone and hard and soft tissue growth to allow stable dental implants. Every dental practitioner in Marylebone and throughout the UK attests to the reliability and validity of both GBR and GTR procedures.


Theories about the possibility of the use of barrier membranes to guide bone regeneration circulated as early as the late 1950s, but orthopaedic researchers only began to focus on GBR and GTR in the 80s. After the theoretical principles of GTR were developed in 1976, the research stemmed to investigating the potential for re-building alveolar bone defects using GBR.

Clinical Application

The first application of barrier membranes in the mouth happened in 1982 as an alternative to traditional surgical procedures. Today, it is highly established in the dental circle as a safe and effective technique for guiding bone regeneration when placing dental implants.

This knowledge has been derived from years of extensive research about tissue biology and technological innovation to improve the quality of implants. The basic principle of GBR is to place mechanical barriers to provide bone-forming cells, isolate the bone defect from the surrounding connective tissue, and prevent blood clots.

Effects of Guided Bone Regeneration

Traditional surgical procedures in implant dentistry were unpopular in the past because they formed deep pockets. Dentists are no longer fond of recommending bridges because they know how effective guided bone implants are.

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GBR and GTR treat dental implant lesions, reducing or completely eliminating the risk of infection and abnormal growth. They repair bone defects with the use of barrier membranes after the reopening of a wound and preserve sockets for future implantation.

What’s great about guided bone regeneration in dental implantation is that it is a very predictable technique that yields excellent results. The key to every successful procedure is the skill and experience of the dental surgeon in covering the non-resorbable membrane. GBR and GTR are well-documented and well-established techniques in implant dentistry, and technologies and awareness continue to evolve.