Periodontal Surgery Specialist

Saint Mary Family Dental -  - Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

Saint Mary Family Dental

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry & Board Certified Periodontist located in Whittier, CA

Periodontal surgery is a treatment to address advanced gum disease. A Board Certified Periodontist at St. Mary Family Dental will assess and discuss with you all the procedures available to retain your teeth for the long run.. These procedures can help slow or stop the progression of gum disease and prevent tooth loss for residents of Whittier, California. If you or a loved one needs treatment for periodontal disease, schedule an appointment today to learn more. Online booking takes just moments, or you’re always welcome to call the office to set up a visit.

Periodontal Surgery Q & A

When is periodontal surgery necessary?

Periodontal surgery is reserved for use in cases where less invasive treatments for advanced gum disease have failed. A primary hallmark of periodontal disease is gum tissue that has pulled away from the surface of your teeth. This leaves small pockets where plaque and bacteria can accumulate. 

Inflamed gums can allow dangerous bacteria to enter your bloodstream, where it can travel throughout your body, affecting numerous organs and systems. A growing body of research suggests that periodontal disease is linked to serious health issues, including heart disease, liver disease, and dementia, to name just a few. 

What types of periodontal surgery are available?

Several surgical procedures can help treat advanced gum disease. Your treatment plan is devised to meet your specific set of needs at the time of treatment. 

Flap surgery

This approach involves cutting and lifting your gums away from the surface of your teeth to facilitate tartar removal. Once your teeth are cleaned, your gum tissue is sutured into place around your teeth. Bone reshaping may also be necessary during the process. 

Bone grafting

This treatment involves using a small piece of bone tissue from your own body, a donor, or a synthetic bone product to replace an area of the damaged bone surrounding the root of your tooth. A bone graft can give your tooth the support it needs to remain in place. 

Tissue grafting

This approach uses soft tissue from the roof of your mouth or another area of your body to replace lost gum tissue around your teeth. This treatment lowers your risk of further damage and protects any exposed tooth roots. 

In some cases, a combination of treatments is the best way to slow the progression of advanced gum disease. 

What is recovery like after periodontal surgery?

Expect a degree of tenderness and inflammation in the days following your procedure. If sutures were needed, they’ll be removed in 7-10 days. You’ll receive pain medication to control discomfort as your gums heal, and perhaps an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. 

Take care to protect your gums during the healing process. Avoid hard or sharp foods, and don’t engage in strenuous activity or smoke in the days following your surgery. An antiseptic mouthwash can help keep your teeth and gums clean until you can brush again. 

To learn more about how periodontal surgery can improve your gum health, book an appointment online or over the phone.