Schrott Perio Implants provides periodontal surgery in Belmont, MA. To learn more about our services or make an appointment for a consultation, call us at 617-484-9240.
What Is Surgical Periodontal Care?
Periodontal surgery can help to mitigate the symptoms of gum disease and save your teeth. Surgeries in this field involve recontouring the bone and gums to reduce periodontal pockets, removing tartar, bacteria and diseased gums or regenerating lost bone or gum tissue.
Benefits of Surgical Periodontal Care
Prevents Further Disease Progression
Periodontal surgery can help to slow the progress of the disease. Repairing the damage caused by periodontal disease extends the teeth’s lifespan.
Restores Normal Function
Teeth affected by periodontal disease are often sensitive and cause uncomfortable chewing. Periodontal surgery helps with these issues.
Deep Cleans Teeth and Gums
Periodontal procedures thoroughly remove sources of infection from the gum and bone tissue.
These procedures restore the tooth’s support system lost through periodontal disease progression. Bone grafts, growth factors and collagen membranes are generally used to regenerate lost bone and gum tissue. This process is also known as guided tissue regeneration.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
During pocket reduction surgery, the periodontist first opens the gum to make a flap. They remove contaminants like bacteria and tartar from the tooth and root surfaces. The periodontist can also remove infected gum tissue.
The periodontist then smooths the bone that has been affected by gum disease and brings the gum flap over the teeth to reduce the depth of the pockets. Reduced periodontal pocket depths are desirable since harmful bacteria causing gum disease live in periodontal pockets.
Periodontal regeneration and pocket reduction surgeries are often performed together.
Why Choose Schrott Perio Implants?
Dr. Schrott has been performing periodontal surgery routinely for decades and has helped many patients to treat their periodontal disease, save their teeth and improve their oral health.
We provide high-quality care in a modern, relaxing setting. Our welcoming, non-judgmental staff can answer your questions and ensure your comfort.
Frequently Asked Questions About Surgical Periodontal Care
How do I know that I have advanced periodontal disease?
Following are some of the signs that your gum disease has progressed to the point where you may need surgery:
- Visibly receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Pus around teeth and gums
Is periodontal surgery uncomfortable?
The procedure sounds more intimidating than it is. Most patients tolerate it well. The periodontist uses appropriate local anesthesia to complete the procedure, and you may also ask about sedation dentistry options.
The healing period may involve some mild discomfort, which generally can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Sometimes teeth are sensitive to cold, which can last for several weeks and in rare cases for several months.
How long does it take to recover from periodontal surgery?
Generally, gums take a few weeks to heal after this surgery. You will have to eat soft foods such as fish, pasta, or soft cooked vegetables for six weeks and avoid hard or crunchy food such as chips, nuts or popcorn.
What happens if I decide not to go through with periodontal surgery?
Unfortunately, you will likely continue to experience gum disease and ultimately may lose teeth. If your periodontist recommends periodontal surgery, it is best to have the procedure done.
Call Schrott Perio Implants
If you have advanced periodontal disease, you need expert care. Call our office at 617-484-9420 to ask about our surgical services and how they can save your teeth and improve your oral health.