Resorbable Versus Nonresorbable Membranes: When and Why?

Noel Ye Naung, Ehab Shehata, Joseph E. Van Sickels

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Guided bone-regeneration techniques use either resorbable or nonresorbable membrane. Ideal membrane material should be biocompatible with tissue integration, be able to create and maintain space, be occlusive with selective permeability, and have good handling properties. Commercially available nonresorbable membranes are Gor-tex (e-PTFE), Cytoplast (d-PTFE), and titanium mesh. Resorbable membranes are available as natural and synthetic. Clinical trials, a systematic review and meta-analysis have shown no statistically significant difference in most clinical indications between both types of membrane. The choice of membrane varies according to the choice of grafting materials and nature of defect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-431
Number of pages13
JournalDental Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2019

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  • Barrier membrane
  • Guided bone regeneration
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Nonresorbable membrane
  • Resorbable membrane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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