Regenerative Therapy in Brentwood, Franklin & Nashville
Dr. Primm has done thousands of regenerative therapy procedures to help patients who have previously lost gum or bone tissue. He performs these procedures so as to “regenerate” the lost gum or bone tissue. Most of these techniques utilize barriers or membranes, which are inserted over the bone defects. Some of these membranes dissolve over time and others require removal. Other regenerative procedures involve the use of bioactive gels.
The Biological Principle: Guided Tissue Regeneration
The biological principle of Guided Tissue Regeneration describes a race among four tissue types during healing:
- Connective tissue
- Bone that surrounds the tooth
- Periodontal ligament
These four tissues compete for the space next to the tooth root following surgery. Without interference, epithelium usually wins the race and stops the bone healing.
Before & After Regenerative Therapy
Some regenerative materials are designed to act as barriers to block the gum tissue. Dr. Primm places these in order to isolate the space next to the root, so that the epithelium and connective tissue are kept away, thus allowing the slower growing ligament and bone cells to fill the space. Today, laboratory derived growth factors can be used in combination with membranes to help stimulate the re-growth of bone that has been lost to gum disease.
Guided tissue regeneration represents an enhancement to conventional therapy and Dr. Primm has been able to save teeth that would otherwise have been lost.