Treating Gum Disease with Periodontal Surgery
Gum disease can have a serious negative impact on your overall oral health. If left untreated, the condition can lead to bad breath and even tooth loss. Periodontal surgery becomes necessary when gum disease reaches advanced stages and cannot be eliminated with a deep cleaning treatment. At our Boynton Beach, FL, dental practice, Dr. Paul Archack also performs periodontal surgery for cosmetic procedures such as crown lengthening and soft-tissue grafting.
About Periodontal Surgery
If gum disease is diagnosed in the early stages, it can typically be treated non-surgically with a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. However, if the condition has progressed into advanced periodontitis, surgery is the best way to eliminate infected tissue. The primary goal of periodontal surgery is to remove any infected or dead tissue, eliminate oral bacteria, and promote healthy microbe levels.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is exceedingly common. In fact, nearly half of all Americans will develop the condition at some point in their lives. Fortunately, gum disease does not usually cause a great deal of discomfort. However, this also means that many patients ignore other symptoms while the disease progresses. Therefore, it is important to recognize common warning signs. These may include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums, especially after brushing or flossing
- Spacing or gaps between the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or a lingering bad taste
- Loose teeth
- Pus or discharge around the teeth and gums
- Receding gums or gum tissue that pulls away from the teeth
In addition to causing problems with the teeth and gums, periodontal disease has also been linked to more serious health-related issues, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and dementia. Therefore, treating gum disease early is the key to prevention and long-term oral health.
Being proactive in your treatment can prevent the need for more invasive procedures later on.
Types of Periodontal Surgery
There are several different types of periodontal surgery. Among those that target the bacteria are:
- Pocket reduction: Also known as osseous or flap surgery, pocket reduction involves creating an incision in the gums and moving them back away from the teeth temporarily. This allows Dr. Archacki to thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas where plaque and tartar have accumulated. The root surfaces will also be scaled and smoothed to discourage further irritants from attaching. Once complete, the gums are repositioned around the teeth and sutured into place.
- Laser gum surgery: This minimally invasive procedure uses light to precisely target problematic areas while leaving healthy tissue intact. Though not all patients are eligible for this type of treatment, it is incredibly effective for many.
Dr. Archacki also offers cosmetic periodontal surgery to enhance the gum line and create a more uniform appearance in the wake of periodontal disease, including:
- Crown lengthening: Some individuals have excess gum tissue covering a large portion of their teeth, resulting in a “gummy” smile or uneven appearance. Cosmetic crown lengthening, also referred to as gum contouring, allows Dr. Archacki to remove excess gum tissue and reshape the gum line for a more balanced, symmetrical look.
- Soft tissue grafts: In contrast, some individuals have naturally thin gum tissue or receding gums. In these cases, Dr. Archacki can perform a soft tissue graft to cover the teeth roots. Not only will this protect the teeth from damage, it will also deliver a more natural-looking appearance for a beautiful smile.
Dr. Archacki can determine which procedure is best suited to your needs during a consultation at his office.
Keep Your Gums Healthy
Being proactive in your treatment can prevent the need for more invasive procedures later on. If you think you may have periodontal disease, schedule a consultation with us right away by contacting us online or calling us at (561) 736-1177.
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