Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal surgery is the surgical procedure that helps restore and regenerate form and function in the gum tissue, ligament and bone that has been weakened or completely lost due to periodontal disease.

It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.

Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn’t always stop there. You oral health is the beginning point for your whole body’s health and wellness. It is imperative that we stop problems before they even start!

Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:

  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Pre-Term Births

To learn more about Periodontal Disease and how to prevent it, click here.

Treatment

Periodontal treatment typically involves containing the infection through deep cleaning like scaling and root planing, clearing buildup at the root of the teeth. The dentist may also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses. We may also prescribe antibiotics to fight infections. Surgery is required for the most severe cases.

Maintenance

For those who experience repeated infection to the gums due to enlarged pockets or other periodontal problems, Dr. Pawlus provides periodontal maintenance. Under this program, patients are usually scheduled for cleanings every three months. This is important because the severity of damage caused by infection increases exponentially as it progresses, meaning that the majority of damage can be avoided simply by increasing appointments.

We examine you for gum health at every 6-month check-up. If you have been experiencing any symptoms like bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, please let us know. We will decide what is the best form of treatment to restore your gums to optimum health.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a new dental advancement where laser technology is used to treat a number of dental treatments, including biopsies, periodontal treatment and pain therapy. The lasers we use at our practice are an alternative to the common, hand-held scalpel, drills, and other tools. These lasers direct an invisible energy beam onto problem areas and allow us to effectively treat decayed teeth, enamel, and gums. This treatment has a dramatically reduced healing period since there is no physical cutting of gum tissue and is therefore very beneficial to the patients. Clinical studies show that approximately 96% of all patients require no anesthesia when lasers are being used during dental treatments. Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.

LONG-TERM RISKS IF LEFT UNTREATED:

  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Pre-Term Births

TREATMENT:

  • Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleaning )
  • Mouth Rinses & Antibiotics
  • Periodontal Surgery
  • Tooth Extraction
  • More Frequent Dental Cleanings
  • Daily Brushing & Flossing

IMPLANT-SUPPORTED DENTURES

Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, are dentures that are attached to implants in the jaw. An implant-supported denture is used when a patient no longer has teeth remaining in their mouth but enough bone in their jaw to support implants. Implant-supported dentures snap into place on top of implants but can be removed for cleaning. Learn more about implants here.