Periodontal Surgery: The Road Back to Oral Health Starts Here
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious condition that affects not only your oral health but your overall health, as well. With all of the connections between gum disease and bodily diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and pancreatic cancer, it is more important than ever to get the treatment you need for improved oral health. Sometimes periodontal surgery is necessary to repair the gum tissue surrounding the teeth to bring you back to optimal health.
There are several types of periodontal surgery, each performed based on your individual needs. As a periodontal surgeon with over 35 years of experience, Dr. James Dickson at Columbia Periodontics will thoroughly evaluate your oral health before any treatment and provide recommendations for oral surgery.
Periodontial surgery procedures we perform include:
Gum Pocket Reduction
The gum and bone tissue should closely fit around your teeth. With periodontal disease, this tissue and bone are destroyed, resulting in pockets around the teeth.
With time, these pockets deepen, allowing more room for bacteria to thrive and further cause bone and tissue loss. Finally, if too much bone is destroyed, your teeth will need extracting.
With gum pocket reduction, Dr. Dickson can remove the bacteria before securing the tissue back in place, allowing it to better reattach to the bone.
When the bone that supports your teeth is destroyed, regeneration may reverse some of the damage by re-growing lost bone and tissue. Dr. Dickson may use bone grafts or special techniques to stimulate the body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.
Crown lengthening is used to improve a gummy smile where the teeth appear short. Dr. Dickson uses this procedure to uncover your teeth and help your gumline appear even.
These grafts can cover roots or help develop gum tissue that is missing because of excessive gum recession. Also known as gum grafts, this procedure uses gum tissue from your own mouth or a donor to even your gumline and reduce sensitivity in your teeth.
Dr. Dickson uses leading-edge radiosurgery wherever possible to treat your smile. Radiosurgery uses radiowaves to allow for precise surgical treatment, as well as a more comfortable postoperative experience for you. The radiosurgery technology can also be adjusted for the type of procedure needed.
Call (931) 380-1101 now or request an appointment using our secure online form. Dr. Dickson would be happy to discuss any of the periodontal surgery procedures performed at our Columbia, Tennessee office to ensure you understand how they may help improve your oral health.