Surgical Treatment Options
Gum disease is a common condition that affects roughly half of all Americans over the age of thirty, according to Healthline. This condition can successfully be treated with non-surgical interventions in its early stages. However, if your gum disease has progressed, it may require surgical procedures to repair the damage.
No matter the severity of your gum disease, our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group can help. Our professionals will develop a custom treatment plan for you that utilizes a combination of surgical and non-surgical treatments to provide the best results. This treatment may include pocket reduction surgery, a gingivectomy, or a bone graft.
What Is a Gingivectomy?
A gingivectomy is a simple surgical procedure that is completed in our office. The goal of this procedure is to remove damaged or infected soft tissue from your gumline. This procedure serves both a cosmetic and oral health purpose.
By removing damaged tissue, our professionals can better assess your condition. They can also protect you from further infection by getting rid of this damaged tissue. Removing damaged and unsightly gum tissue can also improve the appearance of your smile and restore your confidence. This procedure can be followed up with a gum graft to replace this damaged tissue.
What Is Pocket Reduction Surgery?
Pocket reduction surgery is one of the most common surgical interventions used to combat gum disease. Gum disease involves an accumulation of bacteria and tartar in the pockets between your gums and teeth. The normal depth of these pockets is between 1mm and 3mm. However, gum disease will cause the depth of these pockets to increase.
Our professionals can clean these pockets with root planing and scaling if they have not significantly increased in depth. However, once they are in excess of approximately 5mm in-depth, they cannot thoroughly clean them through this process. That is where pocket reduction surgery comes into play.
During this procedure, our team will numb the surgical site with a local anesthetic. They will then make an incision in your gumline below the affected teeth and complete the scaling process through this incision. They will then suture your gums back into place. Once the gums heal, the pockets will be reduced in depth and can again be cleaned using root planing and scaling.
What Is a Bone Graft?
In severe cases of gum disease, you will begin to lose bone density in your jawbone and may even experience tooth loss. Once tooth loss has begun, dental implants may be recommended to restore your smile and replace your damaged natural teeth. However, your jawbone must be strong enough to support the implants.
A bone graft is generally used as a preparatory procedure to strengthen your jawbone before implants are installed. Our professional will graft bone fragments to the existing bone and then suture the incision site on the gums. After several months to a year, the fragments will fuse with the jawbone, making it stronger and healthier.
If you are ready to beat your gum disease and start your journey to a brighter, healthier smile, come see our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group. You can schedule your appointment by calling us at 385 381-6464.