The Technique Revisited - Guiding Tissue the Ominous Way

Varun Dahiya*, Gaurav Malhotra**, Pradeep Shukla***, Nitika Poonia****

Untreated periodontal disease leads to tooth loss through destruction of the attachment apparatus and tooth supporting structures. The goals of periodontal therapy include not only the arrest of periodontal disease progression, but also the regeneration of structures lost to disease where appropriate. Conventional surgical approaches i.e. flap debridement continue to offer time tested and reliable methods to access root surfaces, reduce periodontal pockets, and attain improved periodontal form. However, these techniques offer only limited potential towards recovering tissues destroyed during earlier disease phases. Recently, surgical procedures aimed at greater and more predictable regeneration of periodontal tissues and functional attachment close to their original level have been developed, analyzed and employed in clinical practice. Key Words : Guided tissue regeneration, Periodontal disease, Surgical flaps.



egeneration means that tissues which have become lost due to disease must be restored so that they have the same function and the same architecture as they had before disease initiation. 1 Regeneration following periodontitis first involves the re-establishment of a new cementum layer on the detached root surface, and preferably also the alveolar bone, to reduce tooth mobility. Whether or not regeneration is achieved will depend on the types of cells which repopulate the detached root surface first.1 Studies in the early 1970s indicated that the progenitor cells for cementum formation resided only in the PDL.

GTR is a term used to define procedure wherein regeneration of lost periodontal structures (i.e., cementum, periodontal ligament (PDL), alveolar bone) is sought via selective cell and tissue repopulation of the periodontal wound. Barrier techniques, using materials such as expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE), polyglactin, polylactic acid, and collagen are employed to exclude dental tissues with little or no regenerative capacity (i.e., gingival epithelium and corium) while permitting or encouraging wound repopulation by cells derived from tissues with known or suspected regenerative potential (PDL and alveolar bone). This approach is based on the concept that the type of periodontal tissue that forms on instrumented root surfaces after surgical treatment is determined by
*Reader; **Prof.; ***Principal, Prof. & Head; ****Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, D J College of Dental Sciences and Research, Modi Nagar, U.P. 584

the type and origin of cells that migrate and attach to the root during early wound healing.2,3 Indications and contraindications for barrier procedures Patient selection is an extremely important aspect in achieving success in GTR therapy. Favorable clinical results are most often observed in healthy, nonsmoking patients who demonstrate good plaque control and compliance with other oral hygiene recommendations. Specific defects or problems that demonstrate optimal regenerative healing after GTR therapy include narrow two walled or three wall infrabony defects with at least 4mm of attachment loss and a 4mm infrabony component, circumferential defects, and class II furcation defects accompanied by a medium to long root trunk.4-6 Other potential indications for GTR include augmentation of ridge defeiciencies, coverage of root recession, repair of apicoectomy defects, osseous fill around immediate implant placement sites, and repair of osseous defects associated with failing implants.

a) Non – Resorbable Membranes Results using ePTFE to treat intraosseous defects show substantial bone fill averaging approximately 3.0 to 5.0 mm either with or without augmentation with graft materials. However, results have been reported to vary depending on the type of defect treayed, with 3 wall defects responding best.7-9 b) Bioabsorbable Membranes Non –resorbable membranes require a second surgical procedure with possible patient discomfort and membrane exposure, leading to bacterial colonization. These factors have led to the development and utilization
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These landmark studies led to the second design criteria: “Membranes should separate cell types so that desired cells originating from periodontal ligament and bone could repopulate the defect area”. will also affect its ability to isolate regenerating tissues. To test this theorem. The design criteria’s for guided tissue regeneration devices have been proposed and discussed by Scantlebury. sutures sometimes pulled out or left large holes in the membranes and the removal of membranes was difficult because their porous structures were so well incorporated in the tissues. Evaluation of both polylactic acid 7 and collagen membranes have reported clinical improvements similar to those achieved with non-resorbable membranes. periodontal ligament and cementum. Cell exclusion requires incorporation of structural elements within the barrier that support isolation of the overlying gingival flap from the maturing fibrin clot in the wound. freeze dried dura mater allografts. The barriers used during this development phase of guided tissue regeneration were not produced for medical use. Dr. ingrows with the connective tissue and limits epithelial migration. These include. which allowed for passage of liquid and nutritional products but not for cells. 4) Space Making : The barrier should provide adequate space for the regenerating alveolar bone. give a strong structure to retain sutures. These criteria may be used for guided tissue regeneration and to design specific membranes for individual guided tissue regeneration applications. Vol. Sture Nymam and co workers using paper fiters. be easy to cut and shape with no sharp edges to perforate and. b) They could be sterilized (autoclaved). The design criteria’s are – 1) Tissue Integration : In 1982. in 1985 introduced two. Gore and associates.. All these findings led to the third design criteria: “Materials should be cut and shaped easily. recent publications have discussed the importance of the design of biomaterials used for dentoalveolar regeneration. including ePTFE. oxidized cellulose. He called this phenomenon “contact inhibition”. Around the same time. allow the membranes to be easily removed. No. should be removed easily”. separate cell types for guided tissue regeneration. investigators in Europe and US began testing porous ePTFE clinically. Dr. c) Other Materials A wide varities of other bioabsorbable materials have been used in GTR therapy. stabilized the wound and kept epithelium out of the healing periodontal defect. were able to regenerate periodontal ligament attachment to teeth. However. The result of his experiments led to the evolution of the first design criteria. 585 . had proposed that specific porosities ingrew with connective tissue and stopped or slowed the migration of epithelial tissues.14-18 The overall shape of the barrier and how it adapts to the defect site. This criteria requires mechanical properties and structural features allowing barrier to withstand forces exerted by the overlying flaps or those transmitted through the flaps and prevent collapse of soft tissue and reduction of wound space. With these criteria in mind. December 2010 ePTFE membranes limited the migration of epithelium. George Winter. 4.10-13 DESIGN CRITERIA FOR BARRIER DEVICES The early publications representing the development phase of guided tissue regeneration focused more on the biological principle of guiding tissues rather than the influence of barriers used. Gottlow and Hardwick et al. but were chosen because of their: a) Microporosity. Mixed results have been reported when these materials were used in attempts to repair/regenerate periodontal defects. W.of various absorbable membranes for GTR procedures. in the event of complication. This stabilization of wound during early healing and inhibition of epithelial migration will result in increased connective tissue attachment. 2) Cell Separation : In 1982 . polyglycolic acid (PGA) or mixtures of both PLA and PGA have also shown comparable clinical results to other materials. This criteria of space making becomes more critical in case of bone defects and it is seen that the healing bone follows the contours of the membrane like the contours of a mold. The first membranes were difficult to cut. alkali cellulose and calcium sulfate. 5) Biocompatibility : Biocompatibility is the ability of a material to perform with an appropriate host response in a specific situation. In most studies. he placed small silicone buttons made with skirts of porous ePTFE material in the gingiva of dogs. “Membranes need an organized open microstructure to encourage tissue integration. b) An occlusive portion: That would stabilize the wound area. Inc. which means that neither the material adversely affects the body nor the physiological tissue environment adversely and significantly affects the material.L. 12. but are not limited to. Results indicated that JIDA. degradable polymers of polyglactic acid(PLA). 3) Clinically Manageable : In June 1985. They should hold sutures and in case of complications.part material: a) An open microstructure collar: which could be implanted subgingivally. John Prichard began experiments to see if wrapping of porous ePTFE structures around teeth would keep epithelium out of healing periodontal defects. which should result in stabilization of wound and inhibition of epithelial migration”.

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