Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Drs. Saltz and Wilson offer a variety of treatments options for gum disease depending on the stage of disease and how you may have responded to other treatments. Depending on your overall health, oral surgery may be necessary to remove and treat gum disease.
- Periodontal pocket reduction surgery: During this procedure, the gums are lifted back, and the problem causing bacteria is removed. While the tooth is exposed, the irregular surface area of the damaged bone is sometimes smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria may hide. The gums are then secured back into placed around the tooth.
- Bone grafts: This procedure involves using fragments of your own bone, synthetic bone, or donated bone to replace bone that has been destroyed by gum disease. The grafts are applied to the affected area and stimulate re-growth of bone.
- Gum grafting: Like bone grafts, this procedure uses tissue take from you - the roof of your mouth. The new tissue is then stitched to thin gums or in places where gums have receded.
- Bone surgery: When moderate to advanced bone loss has occurred, shallow craters in the bone may be present. The procedure involves reshaping the bone around the tooth to decrease the craters. Bone surgery makes it harder for bacteria to collect and grow.
Periodontal Surgical treatment is needed when the tissue around the teeth has become too damaged and cannot be repaired with nonsurgical options. Many non-surgical options exist for light to moderate issues.