Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on the health of the supporting structures of your teeth. A periodontist has completed an additional 3 years of specialty training beyond the 4 years required for general dentistry.
During this time they are trained in preventing, diagnosing and treating gum disease. Periodontists are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures such as crown lengthening and gum grafting.
There are various periodontal procedures that focus on the prevention and restoration of the gum tissue. Along with improving the functionality, and by extension, the long-term health of your teeth, you will improve the esthetic quality of your smile. A healthy smile is a self-assured smile.
Gum recession can lead to a variety of oral health issues including an unsightly ragged gum line, exposed tooth roots, and the eventual loss of teeth with extensive recession or decay. While a ragged gum line may affect your confidence, sensitivity of exposed roots and tooth loss prevent your dental structures from functioninggum surgery properly.
While aggressive brushing and gum disease may have been the contributing factors to your gum recession, our periodontists are focused on identifying the causes while providing the most effective treatment possible.
Some surgical solutions include:
- A soft tissue graft procedure will repair the damage and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss. Gum grafts are used to cover exposed roots or to help to support the growth of new gum tissue. Tissue is taken from either your palate or from a tissue bank from an outside source. This procedure helps reduce sensitivity and can help protect against decay.
- During pocket reduction surgery the gums are lifted back and hardened tartar is removed. Additional smoothing of damaged surfaces may be performed if necessary. After this procedure, your periodontist will replace the gum tissue tightly around the tooth structure as to eliminate any pockets for harmful bacteria to collect and grow.
- Bone grafting is a procedure that involves the replacing of lost or damaged bone structure to due an accident or extensive periodontal decay. Pieces of your own bone, artificial bone, or donated bone are used during this process. These grafts help to encourage bone re-growth restoring structure, stability and functionality to your teeth.
- Guided tissue regeneration is another option available when existing bone structure has been destroyed. During this procedure, your periodontist will fold back the gum tissue and remove any harmful bacteria while inserting membranes or proteins that stimulate the surrounding tissues, encouraging your body’s natural regenerative process.
If you live in or around Philadelphia, please call our offices or fill out an online appointment request form today to find out the various periodontal surgical options available to you. Our skilled periodontists will gladly answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have.