Pericardium Membranes

Pericardial Membranes for Dental

In recent years, pericardial membranes have become more commonplace in dentistry for promoting healing conditions and providing protection for surgical wounds. Clinicians have found that pericardial membranes can provide optimal conditions for healing and effective tissue regeneration.

Even with a rise in popularity, many clinicians are still somewhat unfamiliar with pericardial membranes, how and when they should be used, and their biggest advantages. Dental Implant Technologies is a supplier of reliable dental membranes, and, for many cases, pericardial membranes are the optimal choice. Below we will cover the benefits of these unique membranes so that practitioners can make informed decisions when choosing the best regenerative products for their patients.

What are Pericardial Membranes?

Pericardial membranes from Dental Implant Technologies are specialist regenerative products used to promote wound healing and tissue regeneration. They are allograft products derived from human donor tissue. These membranes contain collagen, which provides effective structural support and hemostatic properties, ensuring fast wound stabilization and enhanced healing throughout recovery. The material in each membrane promotes cellular adhesion and proliferation, ensuring the perfect conditions for healing.

Pericardial membranes are an excellent choice for guided bone regeneration. They can create an effective barrier to prevent soft tissue intrusion into the grafting site, allowing ample time for hard bone tissue to develop.

Typical Uses in Dentistry

Reliable membranes supplied by dental implant technologies are used in a range of dental procedures, most notably…

  • Socket preservation – The membrane creates an effective barrier to separate a packed socket from the soft gingival tissue. This allows socket preservation materials to remodel, in turn helping to preserve the structure and shape of the jaw.
  • Ridge augmentation – Processed pericardium is an effective choice for membrane material when performing ridge augmentation. As with socket preservation, the membrane works as an effective resorbable barrier to prevent soft tissue from interfering with grafting materials during remodeling.
  • Guided bone regeneration – Any type of GBR requires effective management of the barrier between soft tissue and the grafting site. Pericardium-based membranes ensure ample time for remodeling so that the defect is remodeled sufficiently before the membrane resorbs.

The key advantage to understand is that pericardial membranes create a durable barrier between soft tissue and a grafting site. The resorption time is typically four to six months, closely aligning with the time needed to achieve basic remodeling. Once fully resorbed, bone can continue to remodel without any adverse effects from the soft tissue layer.

A Clear Advantage in Clinical Workflow

Clinicians could choose to use synthetic non-resorbable barriers in cases where isolation for a graft is needed. These can effectively prevent the intrusion of soft tissue into a grafting site. However, the disadvantage of choosing synthetic membranes is that they will need to be removed, which introduces the need for an additional procedure and added trauma for the patient.

With pericardial membranes, the material is biocompatible and fully resorbable. A membrane can be placed and the remodeled tissue will form around it, and then the patient’s metabolism will gradually resorb and break down the membrane over time.

  • There’s no need for a follow-up procedure to remove the membrane.
  • Trauma is minimized for the patient, ensuring convenience and comfort.
  • Clinicians can have confidence knowing that the membrane barrier is long-lasting.

Compatibility with Grafting Materials

As with all reliable dental membranes, those derived from allograft pericardium are compatible with all grafting materials. Clinicians can choose a specific formulation of grafting material to suit the case. Examples include pre-prepared grafting materials, loose particulates packed into the defect, and even combinations of bone block and particulate materials. Membranes derived from the pericardium can also be used with syringe-applied grafting materials with carrier fillers. There is no adverse reaction between the membrane and material no matter if it is demineralized, mineralized, or a combination of both. Pericardial membranes can be sued with allograft, xenograft, autograft, and synthetic grafting materials.

Safety Ensured When Choosing Pericardium Membranes

Membranes derived from the pericardium are allograft products (xenograft products are available with some distributors). Clinicians should choose a trusted supplier that ensures the membranes are produced in compliance with industry guidelines set by the American Association of Tissue Banks. Membranes should also comply with FDA regulations.

Dental Implant Technologies supplies cost-efficient membranes, which are made to comply with and exceed the highest industry and regulatory standards. Donors are carefully selected and screened. Tissue is extensively processed to remove contaminants, and is subjected to testing at several stages of processing. Pericardial membranes from Dental Implant Technologies are free of bacterial, viral, and fungal contaminants.

Membranes are packaged sterile and are ready for chairside use without additional preparation outside of optional hydration and cutting/shaping the membrane to size to suit the defect.

Processing includes an alkaline and osmotic treatment, an oxidative treatment, solvent treatment, and final irradiation. Products are guaranteed sterile in the packaging so clinicians can have complete confidence. The sterilization process preserves the collagen matrix while removing cells, antigens, and viruses.

To limit wastage, our pericardial membranes are available in three standard sizes.

Handling Characteristics

Handling is important when choosing dental membranes. Pericardial membranes are soft and easily manipulated. They can be draped over the defect/repair and will easily adhere to surface contours. Clinicians will find that the handling characteristics are similar to the best synthetic and collagen membranes.

Why Choose Pericardial Membranes? The Bottom Line

High-quality pericardial membranes offer excellent coverage for defects when performing bone grafting. The material eliminates epithelial cell migration, to keep the bone graft isolated during remodeling. Pericardial membranes can ensure success in guided bone regeneration by maintaining a barrier and also creating the optimal conditions for healing. Durable and long-lasting, these membranes eliminate the need for follow-up intervention and membrane removal.

For the most reliable pericardial membranes, browse the available range at Dental Implant Technologies and order today for delivery to your practice in the United States.