What treatments are available to patients with Periodontal Disease?
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, dentist may recommend that you undergo periodontal surgery to treat the unhealthy gum tissue that surrounds your teeth, when the disease cannot be treated with non-surgical treatment. There following are the four most common types of periodontal surgery that you should discuss with your doctor before undergoing this procedure:
Pocket Reduction Procedures: Recommended for advanced stages of periodontitis, to reduce the depth of pockets, which surround the teeth and provide refuge to disease-causing bacteria to thrive. During this procedure, your dentist folds back the gum tissue to remove the bacteria and in some cases, take measures to smooth irregular bone surfaces to allow the gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone.
Regenerative Procedures: Regeneration is recommended when the bone supporting the teeth has been depleted. If too much bone has been depleted, the teeth will need to be extracted; however, your doctor may recommend the use of bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins to be implemented to encourage the re-growth or regeneration of healthy bone and tissue.
Crown Lengthening: Periodontal surgery can also be used to treat the cosmetic or aesthetic of your teeth and gums due to periodontal disease. Crown Lengthening is a procedure that allows the dentist to reduce the gummy appearance of the mouth due to excess gum and bone tissue. During the procedure, the excess bone and tissue are reshaped to reveal more of the natural tooth. Crown Lengthening can be performed on one tooth to several teeth, to reveal a more broad and healthy looking smile.
Soft Tissue Grafts: This procedure is recommended to treat recessive gums, which may cause sensitivity to hot or cold, or may eventually lead to significant recession or bone loss in the mouth due to periodontal disease. Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover exposed roots or to prevent further recession and bone loss. In some cases, this procedure can also prevent root decay. This procedure generally improves the quality of teeth and gums and may reduce sensitivity to hot and cold.
Why should I undergo Periodontal Surgery?
Whether you are looking to improve the overall aesthetics or feel of your teeth and gums, or you are seeking to prevent the eventual loss of your teeth or gum tissue, there are several periodontal surgery options available to you. Consult your friendly staff at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center today to find a periodontal surgery that is right for you. Our world-class staff of highly trained dental professionals will be sure to find the precise dental procedure to fit your needs so you can stop worrying and start smiling again!
For any other questions related to cosmetic dentistry, you can contact us at 888.790.0309 or feel free to Ask the Dentist.