Selection of grafting materials for guided bone regeneration (GBR) is an important topic in Implant Dentistry, as there are hundreds of commercially available products. Selection depends on both the patient status, as well as the type of defect for reconstruction. Is the defect vertical, horizontal, or combined? Has the site been previously grafted, or is it the site of alveolar atrophy or trauma? Was there an infected tooth, or has the tooth been missing for many years? Is this a well vascularized maxilla on a young patient, or is this a posterior mandibular defect in an elderly osteporotic female? Even from these few questions, it is apparent that many aspects must be considered in selecting materials. We must also consider the clinician’s experience and expertise. Whether more structure is needed for the GBR, we can perform a block graft, use a more rigid membrane, or have a barrier that is 3D printed. Which of these is more predictable? Which is more technique sensitive? It is also extremely common to have combined hard and soft tissue defects, and some recent products begin to address both of these tissues simultaneously. This clinical discussion will allow the participant to understand the risks, benefits, and limitations of our currently available materials, and help them perform the most predictable GBR procedure.
• This clinical discussion will focus on cases to highlight material selection, and understand benefits, risks, and limitations of our current grafting materials.
• This clinical discussion will familiarize the participant with proper techniques to utilize available GBR materials.
Duration: 90 minutes, including 15 minutes for Q&A