Periodontal surgery includes all the surgical procedures that are used to restore the tissues that surround and support teeth, including jaw bone tissue and gum tissue. Surgery is often performed to correct damage caused by severe gum disease or periodontitis, the number one cause of tooth loss among American adults. It can also be used to prevent further damage from occurring and to restore the healthy appearance of gums that have severely receded. Periodontal surgery can also include dental implant placement and surgery used to treat very deep infection, including infections of the tissues surrounding the tooth root. Cosmetic periodontal plastic procedures can be performed to enhance the beauty of any smile. Crown lengthening procedures can save many teeth that had been previously recommended for extraction. Dr. Glaser has over 25 years of experience as a periodontist and carefully consults every patient on what to expect for each procedure.
Also called pocket reduction surgery, gum flap surgery uses several small incisions in the gum tissue to create a flap that can be lifted back to expose the lower portions of the tooth so tartar and bacteria can be removed and the “pocket” containing these bacteria can be eliminated. Afterward, it’s easier for healthy gum tissue to reattach to the tooth surface so it’s more difficult for bacteria to invade the root space.
Our practice offers an array of sedation methods in addition to local anesthetics. Many gum surgeries are performed under IV sedation to enable patients to doze throughout their procedures. Others may be performed using a combination of local anesthetics and oral sedatives oxior nitrous de. The type of sedation used will be determined based on an evaluation of the patient’s needs as well as their medical history.
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