Periodontal Surgeries & Services
What are Periodontal Surgeries?
Periodontal surgeries are dental procedures that focus on treating the supporting structures of the teeth, including the gums, bones, and ligaments. These surgeries are crucial in restoring the health and function of the teeth and preventing further damage caused by periodontal diseases.
Periodontal Diseases, Symptoms, & Warning Signs
Periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, are just some of the forms of common periodontal diseases that can cause damage to the gums, teeth, and supporting bone structure. Gum recession, bone loss, tooth mobility, bleeding gums, bad breath, and tooth loss are complications that can arise from untreated periodontal diseases and are tell-tale signs that you should consult your dentist to seek the treatment you need.
While preventative care is the most effective way to avoid periodontal disease, early detection and treatment of periodontal diseases is essential in preventing further damage and may help to avoid the need for more invasive treatments.
At Precision Family Dental & Specialty, we offer gum graft surgery, a soft tissue grafting procedure used to address gum recession or gum diseases that cause soft tissue damage. Gum recession occurs when gum tissue around the teeth wears away, leading to tooth sensitivity, decay, and loss of supporting bone structure.
During gum graft surgery, a small piece of tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth or a donor source and grafted onto the affected area to restore the gumline and prevent further gum recession. If left untreated, gum recession can result in serious oral health issues.
Gum surgery, such as osseous surgery, is typically performed for severe cases of periodontitis, causing bone loss and tooth movements. During osseous surgery, the periodontist removes infected tissue and reshapes the bone to prevent further damage. This procedure helps restore gum and bone health while preventing tooth loss, and is a much needed treatment for those who are experiencing prolonged or severe cases of periodontitis.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are procedures used to treat moderate cases of periodontitis. This process involves removing the tartar and plaque buildup on teeth and roots to prevent further damage to the supporting structures of teeth.
If left untreated, moderate cases of periodontitis can progress to more severe stages, causing tooth loss and other health issues. This procedure is imperative to maintaining a healthy mouth and gums, while avoiding more invasive procedures such as gum surgery.
Pinhole techniques are minimally invasive soft tissue surgeries that use collagen and osseous reconstruction to help reduce gum recession. This procedure is typically performed for mild to moderate cases of periodontitis, and involves making a small hole in the gums and gently moving the tissue to cover the exposed tooth roots, restoring the gumline and preventing further gum recession.
Gingivectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat moderate to severe cases of periodontitis. This procedure involves removing infected gum tissue to help reduce pocket depth, improve gum health, and reshape the gumline for cosmetic or functional purposes. The procedure is typically performed under anesthesia, and patients may experience moderate discomfort and swell afterwards.
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure in which the frenum, a small fold of tissue, is removed from the mouth. The frenum is a connective tissue that attaches the lip to the gum and the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
The procedure is usually done to treat conditions such as tongue-tie, where the frenum is too short or tight, causing difficulty with speech, eating, or proper oral hygiene. It can also be done for cosmetic reasons, to remove an excessively large or prominent frenum that may be affecting the appearance of the mouth.
A smile lift is a surgical procedure that removes excessive gum tissue that covers the tooth when smiling to improve the appearance of teeth and gums and enhance the smile. The goal of a smile lift is to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile that complements the individual's facial features and overall appearance.
This may involve correcting issues such as gaps, chips, or misaligned teeth, as well as improving the color and brightness of the teeth. The process typically involves a consultation to assess the individual's dental health and discuss the various options available, followed by one or more treatment sessions to achieve the desired results.
Bone graft surgery is performed to recreate bone structures that have been lost due to gum disease or trauma. This procedure is performed for a plethora of reasons such as supporting dental implants, repairing bone defects, or strengthening the jawbone for denture support. During the procedure, the periodontist places bone graft material in the affected area to stimulate new bone growth. The graft will then be covered with to protect it while it heals and integrates with the surrounding bone tissue.
Sinus lift surgery is performed to recreate secondary bone structure in the upper jaw. The procedure is typically performed when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or when the sinuses are too close to the jawbone, making it difficult to place dental implants in the back part of the upper jaw. During a sinus lift procedure, we create a small opening in the gum tissue in the back of the mouth and access the sinus cavity. The sinus membrane is then gently lifted, and bone graft material is placed between the jawbone and the membrane to create additional height in the bone. The gum tissue is then stitched back into place, and the area is allowed to heal for several months.
Implant Periodontal Surgery
Implant periodontal surgery is a specialized dental procedure that is used to restore the health and function of the teeth and gums. This procedure involves the use of dental implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots. Implant periodontal surgery is often used to replace missing or damaged teeth, or to correct gum disease and other oral health issues.
At Precision Dentistry, we use the “flapping the gum” technique as part of our implant periodontal surgery procedures. This technique allows our skilled dental surgeons to gain clear access to the underlying bone and tooth structure, which is necessary for successful implant placement and other periodontal procedures.
During the surgery, our dental team carefully creates a flap of gum tissue, which is gently lifted away from the bone and tooth structure. This creates a clear field of view, allowing us to carefully place the implant into the jawbone with precision and accuracy. Once the implant is in place, the flap of gum tissue is carefully repositioned and sutured back into place, ensuring proper healing and long-term success.