What is Periodontal Surgery?

Periodontal TherapyYour Fresno gum specialist is here to improve the health of your gums.

Are you one of the countless Americans that suffer from gum disease in Fresno? If so, then you’re probably searching for the proper treatment to manage your symptoms and get your gums looking healthy again. Find out whether periodontal surgery is right for you and when it might be time to consider this treatment option.

What is the purpose of periodontal surgery?

The main goal of periodontal surgery is to repair and help restore the normal appearance and function back into gums that have become damaged by gum disease. While periodontal surgery will not cure your condition, it can be successful for managing gum disease symptoms and for improving the overall health and function of your gums. Though gum disease can re-occur after surgery, the purpose of periodontal surgery is to preserve and protect your smile to prevent tooth or bone loss.

Why might my Fresno gum specialist recommend that I get periodontal surgery?

If you have gum disease that is not responding to other more conservative treatments, then your Fresno gum specialist will most likely recommend periodontal surgery. Periodontal surgery may also be recommended if there are any structural deformities or tissue loss.

What should I expect when I get periodontal surgery?

Gum surgery is performed right here in our Fresno office under local anesthesia. During surgery we will clean the roots of your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar buildup. We will also treat the infected pockets within the gum tissue. This process is better known as root planing and scaling. Through both laser and ultrasonic tools we can remove the tartar responsible for your gum disease and eliminate diseased pockets within the gums.

Sometimes grafting may also occur if the gums have receded away from the teeth. If this happens, tissue may be removed from the roof of the mouth and grafted onto the gums to give your smile a healthier appearance.

If you are suffering from gum disease or are noticing symptoms or changes in your gums, then it’s time to see your Fresno gum specialist for a proper diagnosis. The sooner we can pinpoint gum disease the easier and more effective treatment will be. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Alexander Pritsky, DMD and get one step closer to healthier gums.