Depending on how far periodontal disease has progressed, surgical treatment may be the best option for restoring your dental health. While we will always consider non-surgical treatments first, sometimes surgery is necessary. It’s important to us that our patients are fully informed about our decisions, so once a treatment plan is determined, we will discuss it in detail.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that causes them to be swollen, red, and inflamed. It is typically caused by poor oral hygiene and can cause your teeth to loosen and fall out if not treated.
We can perform different types of periodontal surgery here at our office.
Crown Lengthening – This procedure is used when we need to fix a tooth using a filling or crown but there isn’t enough tooth structure above the gum line to support the restoration. Sometimes this is the result of a tooth breaking off at the gum line, but it can also occur if a restoration is lost, and decay is present underneath.
We may also use crown lengthening to treat a “gummy smile,” which is when excess gum tissue obscures much of your upper teeth.
Osseous Surgery – We use this procedure to reshape that bone that holds your tooth in place. Before we perform this surgery, you’ll receive a deep cleaning treatment known as root scaling and planing. Additionally, for the best results, good oral hygiene is a must.
If you believe you have periodontal disease, it’s important to see the dentist for treatment. Contact Smile Xperts today to schedule an appointment!