A Brief Rundown Of The Top 4 Surgical Ways To Deal With Gum Disease

If you have gum disease that is at an advanced stage, surgical intervention may be your best option to save your mouth and protect your dental health. There are a variety of different surgical options that your dentist may consider to treat your gum disease, such as flap surgery, bone grafting, soft tissue grafts, or guided tissue regeneration.

Flap Surgery

Flap surgery is also commonly called a pocket reduction surgery. With this type of surgery, the periodontist, the medical professional who does these types of procedures, will make tiny incisions in your gums. These incisions are able to be lifted up, allowing for your roots to be cleaned and taken care of more effectively. This can also cause your bone around this area to grow before the gum tissue is put back in place. This surgery can make it easier to clean and take care of your roots and gums, and battle against gum disease.

Bone Grafting

When your roots are cleaned around your teeth, oftentimes the bone around your roots is destroyed. This destruction of bone can be detrimental to the overall health of your mouth.

Bone that is taken from another source in your body can be used for the bone grafting. Or bone can be grown synthetically or it can even be donated. Adding extra bone into your gum can help keep your teeth in place and can help prevent you from losing your teeth.

Bone grafting can also help support the natural bones in your jaw. Bone grafting can help promote growth of your own bones.

Soft-Tissue Grafts

Soft-tissue grafts are grafts that are based on tissue, not bone. When you have gum disease, the tissue around your teeth can recede. This gum recession leaves your teeth and roots exposed, which can be dangerous.

Tissue can be taken from either the roof of your mouth or from a donor source and attached to the area where you have lost tissue. This can help protect your teeth and gums and can help your body grow more tissue.

Guided Tissue Regeneration

Another option is guided tissue regeneration. This is a way that your dentist can help promote the natural growth of bone in your jaw. Gum disease destroys your bones. Placing a fabric between your bacteria-infected bones and your tooth that is biocompatible can allow new bone to grow back and keep tissue away from where your bone should be.

Make sure that you try non-surgical intervention first, and discuss the pros and cons of each type of surgical intervention with your oral surgeon to come to the best surgical choice for your particular situation.