Utilization of d-PTFE Barriers for Post-Extraction Bone Regeneration in Preparation for Dental Implants

Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2015 Jul-Aug;36(7):465-73.


Guided bone regeneration (GBR) can be used to restore a defective alveolar ridge after extractions before or in combination with implant placement. It may also be employed after extractions to reduce crestal bone resorption and maximize bone fill of sockets. Resorbable or nonresorbable barriers (eg, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene [e-PTFE]) can be used when performing GBR procedures, but they need to be completely submerged to attain optimal results. Dense polytetrafluoroethylene (d-PTFE) is a type of nonresorbable barrier that circumvents the necessity to attain primary closure after placement of bone grafts, thereby reducing patient morbidity. This article addresses topics pertaining to d-PTFE utilization, including characteristics and advantages of d-PTFE barriers, time needed for osteoid tissue to become impervious to penetration by flap connective tissue, relevant clinical studies, and limitations of available data. Clinical photographs and radiographs of successfully treated cases are presented to illustrate the efficacy of d-PTFE barriers in regenerating defective bony plates after extractions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alveolar Ridge Augmentation / methods*
  • Bone Regeneration*
  • Bone Transplantation / methods*
  • Dental Implantation, Endosseous*
  • Dental Implants*
  • Guided Tissue Regeneration, Periodontal / methods*
  • Humans
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene / therapeutic use*


  • Dental Implants
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene