While there are many treatments that can prevent dental issues from occurring, there are times when more comprehensive care is required to treat problems and promote better dental health. Periodontal surgery can help patients enjoy better aesthetics and support stronger teeth into the future.
You may require gum surgery in any of the following circumstances.
Periodontitis – This progressed form of gum disease can create multiple different problems that call for surgical intervention. One such issue is the formation of deep periodontal pockets around teeth and tooth roots, which can cause damage to these structures. In these cases, pocket reduction surgery helps to reverse the effects of gum disease and support the health and strength of your smile. When periodontal pockets have caused gum tissue to pull away from teeth and expose tooth roots, a grafting procedure is typically necessary to correct the aesthetic and functional issues this problem presents. With gum surgery, Dr. Guier can help patients enjoy healthier smiles and reverse symptoms of periodontitis.
Cosmetic Issues – As mentioned above, gum surgery can also be used when issues of aesthetics are involved. Gum tissue recession as a result of gum disease is indeed a larger health problem, but correcting the issue through surgical treatment also treats the appearance of teeth that are too-long. However, gum surgery can also be used when the opposite is true. Patients who have struggled with the appearance of too much gum tissue over teeth can have their gums re-contoured to reveal more dental enamel and sculpt an appealing smile.
Preparing for Restorations
Whether for aesthetic or functional reasons, gum surgery can also be applicable as a part of a larger treatment plan to support the eventual success of dental prosthetics, such as dental implants or crowns. With gum re-contouring, Dr. Guier can reveal sufficient dental enamel so a crown can be added to a damaged tooth. Treating gum disease through periodontal surgery can also create healthier soft tissue overall, which aids in the placement of dental implants and healing after this process has been completed.
Questions about Gum Surgery?
If you’ve been diagnosed with more advanced stages of gum disease by your family dentist, or require comprehensive care to restore overall soft tissue health before you can benefit from other procedures, contact our Shreveport periodontal office for more information.