Surgical Treatment Options
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common disease that affects a large percentage of American adults. When this disease is diagnosed early, it can easily be treated through non-surgical procedures. However, if this disease has progressed past the point of non-invasive treatment, it will require surgical intervention.
Our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS can provide you with several great surgical treatment options in order to restore the health of your mouth. Which procedure our team uses will be based on your case and oral health needs. They can restore bone density to your jaw through a bone graft or removed damaged gum tissue. Regardless of the treatment option, we always put our patients first.
What Is a Gingivectomy?
A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess or damaged gum tissue. Periodontal disease is an infection in your gums that will lead to a variety of oral health problems. This infection will damage your gums over time, causing them to become inflamed and recede.
A gingivectomy is needed if your gums are too damaged to heal on their own. Our professional will remove this damaged tissue and will replace it by grafting donor tissue to your gumline. This new tissue is usually harvested from another area in your mouth and will look and function like normal once it has healed.
What Is Pocket Reduction Surgery?
Your mouth has naturally occurring pockets between your teeth and gums. These pockets are supposed to be between 1mm and 3mm in depth. However, when you are suffering from gum disease, these pockets will begin to deepen. As they deepen, they will trap bacteria in them that our team cannot effectively clean manually.
Pocket reduction surgery is utilized to treat this symptom and is key to providing you with better oral health. During the procedure, our professional will first administer an anesthetic. They will then make an incision in your gumline so that they can scale and clean the area. Afterward, they will suture your gumline back into place in order to reduce the size of the pocket so that it can be effectively cleaned in the future.
What Is Bone Grafting?
One of the many symptoms of gum disease is the loss of bone density in your jaw. A lack of bone density can result in the loss of teeth and will also prevent our team from completing other restorative measures, such as the installation of dental implants. Your bone density must be restored to protect remaining teeth and to make way for other restorative options.
In order to accomplish this, our team will utilize a bone graft. During a bone graft procedure, our professional will graft bone fragments to your jawbone. This bone is obtained from either a cadaver or can be created with synthetic material. The recovery from this procedure only takes a few days but it can take up to a year for the grafted material to fuse with your existing bone.
If you are ready to improve your smile and quality of life, our team at Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS can help you overcome your periodontal disease through these and other great treatment options. Schedule your appointment by calling us at .