Periodontal surgery includes all the surgical treatments used to treat and restore the structures that surround and support the teeth, including the gums, the ligaments that help hold the teeth in place, and the bones that surround the teeth. Dentists with training in periodontal surgery are skilled in simple and complex gum disease treatments aimed at preventing tooth loss, as well as dental implant placement.
Gum flap surgery is a technique used to treat moderate to severe gum disease.
During the surgery, the gum tissue is gently lifted away from the surface of the tooth, providing Dr. Hill with greater access to the lower portions of the tooth where disease-causing bacteria can grow. Once the gums are folded back, Dr. Eng will be able to remove bacteria and smooth the tooth surface so it’s harder for bacteria to cling. Antibiotic gels also may be applied to destroy bacteria that are difficult to reach with instruments. Then the gums are folded back and the incisions are closed.
In some cases, lasers can be used to destroy bacteria without resorting to more invasive surgery.
Gum grafting is a surgical procedure designed to restore areas of the gums where gum disease has caused significant recession.
The bacteria that cause tooth decay tend to collect along the gum line. As they grow, the bacteria release toxins that cause the gum tissue to pull away from the tooth surface. Over time, the gums shrink, exposing more of the tooth to decay and disease risks.
Gum grafting takes small samples of healthy gum tissue and surgically adheres them to these areas of recessions, helping to protect the tooth while also improving the appearance of the teeth and the smile.
Severe gum disease and other types of disease can take a toll on the jaw bone, causing pits and uneven areas to form in the bone that surrounds the tooth root. These small pits and indentations provide excellent places for bacteria to grow, increasing the risk of additional damage.
In osseous surgery, these pits are smoothed out and the bone is gently reshaped, eliminating the places that can serve as harbors for harmful bacteria.
At Sunny Dental Care, Dr. Hill uses advanced pain management techniques to keep patients relaxed and comfortable throughout their procedures.
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