Could Periodontal Surgery Help You?

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There are various stages of gum/periodontal disease and as the gum disease advances, it destroys the bond between teeth and gums, allowing pockets to form.

As these pockets deepen, it allows access to tooth root and bone to the bacteria.

If not taken care of the bacteria is the pockets eat away at the bone, increase the infections and cause the gums to become diseased, eventually dissolving the bone itself and leading to tooth loss.

In cases where periodontal disease has advanced and does not respond to initial treatments such as scaling and root planing, it calls for a more direct approach such as periodontal surgery.

Also called flap surgery, osseous surgery or pocket depth reduction, periodontal surgery is the treatment of choice for advanced periodontal disease.

What are the Benefits?

There are several benefits of periodontal surgery such as reducing the depth of pockets in your teeth, stopping bleeding gums, preserving your healthy gum tissue, fresher breath, increased comfort during teeth cleanings and reducing the chances of losing your teeth.

How Periodontal Surgery Works

Periodontal surgery is performed when other less invasive methods fail. Before the procedure, the gums are numbed through local anesthesia, after which an incision to expose the tooth root and supporting bone is made.

Through the incision, the tartar and plaque buildup is removed along with infected gum tissue.

A bone graft to rebuild reduced bone structure around teeth may be performed if necessary. After this, the incision is closed with tiny sutures and with the elimination of the infection, the gums along with lost bone tissue will be able to grow.

Taking Care of Your Teeth After Surgery

After surgery, you will be prescribed medication to control pain during the healing of the surgical site.

Depending on the type of stitches used, an appointment is scheduled six to ten days after the surgery to remove them, along with a follow-up after appointment after a month to check the progress of the surgery site.

As the gum tissue is trimmed and reshaped, your teeth may become more sensitive to temperature changes, along with creating an illusion that your teeth are longer than before. If necessary, sensitivity toothpaste can be used to treat sensitive teeth.

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