Gum surgery is reserved for severe cases of gum disease that are unresponsive to less extensive treatments. The two major options for surgical resolution of gum disease are gum flap surgery and tissue grafting. Whereas the first is focused mainly on clearing the deep tooth roots of plaque and bacteria and only partly focused on repair, the second is devoted entirely to repairing tissues harmed by periodontitis. Here is more about each of these treatments, including how they work and how they aid recovery from gum disease.
Gum Flap Surgery
During gum flap surgery, our gum surgeon in Houston accesses the deep tooth roots by making incisions in the gums. Once the deep tooth roots are exposed, our surgeon can use specialized tools to clear away the plaque and bacteria that have collected there. At the same time, our surgeon can use this opportunity to repair the bone if damaged has occurred. This can be achieved through bone re-contouring. Finally, the gum incisions are sutured in preparation for the healing process.
This type of gum surgery is performed at our dental office in Houston to restore soft tissue, bony tissue, or both following damage by periodontal bacteria. In some cases, the gums have receded because of gum disease, resulting in teeth sensitivity and tooth root decay. Gum tissue grafting can resolve this, as well as restore normal support of the teeth within the gums. In cases where gum disease has damaged the bones supporting the tooth roots, bone tissue grafting can be performed by our dentist to stabilize the teeth and help prevent the tooth loss that gum disease can cause.
Gum disease can have far-reaching effects on oral and systemic health, and surgical treatments can become essential for a full recovery from the condition. Gum flap surgery and tissue grafting are the two main options in this category. Even in longstanding cases of periodontitis, the right treatments can help reverse the condition completely. Patients can schedule a consultation with our gum surgeon at Antoine Dental Center to learn more about surgical gum disease procedures and how they benefit recipients.
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