Periodontal Surgery Los Angeles
Patients whose gum disease has progressed to advanced periodontitis may receive recommendations for periodontal surgery when they visit our periodontist. Depending on symptoms and severity, our Los Angeles periodontal surgery expert may recommend pocket reduction surgery or regenerative procedures to prevent gum disease from progressing further and to restore the looks and functionality of the teeth and gums after they have been damaged by periodontitis.
Our Los Angeles periodontist usually reserves periodontal surgery for only the most advanced cases of gum disease, in which patients have already experienced significant damage and are at risk of tooth loss and infection. For example, severe gum recession can make routine cleaning ineffective when gum disease is active. If surgery is not performed early enough in these cases, patients may suffer from jaw bone loss, abscesses and tooth loss.
Los Angeles Periodontal Surgery
Our expert in periodontal surgery in Los Angeles may recommend pocket reduction surgery to reduce the ability of bacteria to cling to teeth. In doing so, our periodontist helps patients avoid the deep bacterial overgrowth that can cause structural deterioration and tooth loss. During the procedure, our periodontist pulls back the gums and smooths the bone underneath in order to eliminate bacterial hiding places and control the infection.
Our Los Angeles periodontal surgery expert may use a variety of techniques in order to restore the looks and functionality of oral tissues damaged by gum disease. To increase the size of the jaw bones, our periodontist may use bone grafts and bone surgery. To restore the gums, our periodontist may recommend soft tissue grafts. Guided tissue regeneration, another option, may also be used to stimulate growth of both the gums and jaw bone.
Patients may be able to avoid needing periodontal surgery by using proper dental hygiene at home and visiting our expert in periodontal surgery in Los Angeles at least twice each year for check-ups. During the early stages of gum disease, scaling and root planing may suffice as treatment. Patients can schedule a consultation with us to learn more about periodontal surgery and determine whether it may be necessary for them.
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