Gum Surgery (Laser & Conventional)
Pocket Correction Therapy
Pocket Correction Therapy (Gum Surgery) is used when your periodontal disease has advanced to the point where supportive tissue has been destroyed and just eliminating bacteria without also using this procedure is not sufficient to prevent further disease progression. This surgical treatment is recommended when you have advanced infections or pockets too deep to reach by scaling and root planing (SRP) alone.
These procedures reshape or actually restore lost bone and ligaments, increasing the chance of saving teeth in your mouth that otherwise would have been lost. Sometimes more than one type of procedure is performed on the same tooth. These techniques require the use of a minimally invasive incision to gain access to diseased tissue.
Pocket Correction Procedure
- A local anesthetic is used to numb the area prior to surgery.
- The gum is gently separated from the tooth, creating access to the infected pocket.
- Deep deposits of plaque and tartar are then removed.
- The gums will be placed back over the remaining bone and sutured in place.
- Pain medicine and mouth rinses containing Chlorahexadine are generally prescribed for you following the surgery.
- The pocket is reduced, which limits the areas where bacteria can grow.
- The gumline often must be lowered. This exposes more of the tooth.
Goals of Gum Surgery
Reducing Bacterial Spread: Bacteria from the mouth can spread throughout your body. These bacteria have been linked to systemic conditions such as heart disease and respiratory disease. Removing deep tartar and bacteria can help reduce the risk of bacteria spreading.
Preventing Bone Loss: Your immune systems inflammatory response prompted by periodontal bacteria can lead to loss of jawbone and cause your teeth to fall out. Gum surgery is performed to stop periodontal disease before it progresses to this level.
Enhancing Your Smile: Mouths plagued with periodontal disease are often unsightly. Brown gums, rotting teeth, and ridge indentations can leave a person feeling depressed and too self-conscious to smile. Fortunately, Gum surgery can help restore your mouth to its former radiance, while restoring confidence at the same time.
Facilitating Home Care: As the gum pocket deepens it can become nearly impossible to brush and floss adequately. Gum surgery reduces pocket size, making it easier for you to brush and floss, and thereby prevent further periodontal disease.
LANAP Laser Gum Surgery
Another recent development in periodontal treatment is the use of the laser to regenerate bone. Laser gum surgery is performed without a scalpel and requires no sutures. LANAP creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth (gum, bone, cementum, ligament) that are lost due to periodontal disease.
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