Periodontal Surgical Procedures
Having undergone years of intensive training at some of the nation’s finest dental schools, our periodontists have acquired the necessary skills and experience to perform highly sophisticated surgical procedures to cope with and combat the ravages of gum disease, including:
When gums begin to pull away from teeth, the deep pockets that result make perfect hiding places for plaque. A gingivectomy may be necessary to keep the plaque from spreading to the bone supporting the teeth. During this procedure, loose or diseased gum tissue are removed or reshaped to eliminate any gaps between the gums and the teeth. Once the gum tissue has been excised, a temporary putty is placed over the gum line to protect the gums while they heal.
Guided Tissue Regeneration ▶
Periodontitis is the one of the most advanced – and devastating – forms of gum disease. As infection begins to eat away at the tissue and bone that keep your teeth in place, small pockets may develop that can speed up the spread of the disease to the point where your teeth may be in danger of falling out. Using a technique called guided tissue regeneration (GTR), our periodontists can fill these pockets by placing a protective membrane between the damaged gum tissue and bone. This will encourage new bone growth and the regeneration of healthy connective tissue.
Soft Tissue Graft ▶
A receding gum line can affect more than just your smile. Without the protective coating provided by the soft tissue of the gums, the roots of your teeth will become more susceptible to tooth decay. They will also become overly sensitive to heat, cold and sweets, making it difficult for you to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks. To reduce or reverse the damage caused by gum recession, our periodontists can take gum tissue harvested from your palate or from a tissue bank certified by the American Association of Tissue Banks to cover the exposed roots. This procedure can help prevent further loss of gum and bone while giving you a more even, aesthetically appealing gum line.