Many people in the United States are not aware that dentistry involves so much more than simple tooth extractions, braces, and cleaning appointments. One of the most interesting areas of dentistry is periodontistry, but many people are unaware of the services and treatments this area entails. We answered a few of the most common questions we receive about periodontics in our previous post, and in today’s post, we’ll continue to answer your questions about this fascinating area of dentistry.
What Are the Surgical Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease?
We discussed the non-surgical treatment options for periodontal disease in our previous post, so be sure to read through that post if you missed it. While non-surgical interventions can successfully treat mild and moderate cases of periodontal disease, advanced cases sometimes require surgical intervention. Surgical options include:
- Pocket reduction surgery: This procedure involves making tiny cuts in the gums so that your periodontist can clean the roots more effectively. This surgery will make it easier to clean your gum tissue and maintain a healthy mouth when you’ve recovered.
- Soft tissue grafts: One of the most common effects of periodontal disease is a receding gum line. This effect is not only unsightly, but it can also compromise the health of your teeth. A soft tissue graft involves taking tissue from a location in your mouth (usually the roof of your mouth) and connecting it to your gums.
- Bone grafts: Severe periodontitis leads to bone loss in affected areas of the mouth, and a weakened jawbone can jeopardize the rest of the teeth in your mouth and make it difficult to chew. Bone grafting is an amazing procedure that doesn’t just replace the missing portion of your jawbone — it also stimulates the production of new bone!
- Tissue regeneration: Tissue regeneration is the process of placing a piece of safe, bio-compostable tissue between your jawbone and a tooth. The tissue creates a space in which the bone can regrow and recover from the damage caused by bacteria.
While we aim to treat each patient conservatively, your periodontist may recommend one of these procedures if they feel that it will provide you with the best chance of recovery.
How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
As you may expect from reading our previous questions and answers, the best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene! Brush your teeth at least twice each day, and be sure to get your tongue, as well. We know that you’re probably tired of hearing about how important it is to floss, but it’s true — flossing is the only way to reduce plaque and remove the food particles your toothbrush cannot reach.
If you need other recommendations for improving your oral health, just ask! We’ll happily help you come up with a plan that keeps your mouth healthy and free of harmful plaque.
Get in touch with North Shore Smile Surgery today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lindsay Powers, a leading periodontist in Buffalo Grove.