There are various periodontal procedures that focus on
the prevention and restoration of the gum tissue. Along with improving the
functionality, and by extension, the long-term health of your teeth, you will
improve the esthetic quality of your smile. A healthy smile is a self-assured
Gum recession can lead to a variety of oral health issues including
an unsightly ragged gum line, exposed tooth roots, and the eventual loss of
teeth with extensive recession or decay. While a ragged gum line may affect your
confidence, sensitivity of exposed roots and tooth loss prevent your dental
structures from functioning properly.
While aggressive brushing and gum
disease may have been the contributing factors to your gum recession, our
periodontists are focused on identifying the causes while providing the most
effective treatment possible.
Some surgical solutions include:
- A soft
tissue graft procedure will repair the damage and help to prevent additional
recession and bone loss. Gum grafts are used to cover exposed roots or to help
to support the growth of new gum tissue. Tissue is taken from either your palate
or from a tissue bank from an outside source. This procedure helps reduce
sensitivity and can help protect against decay.
- During pocket reduction
surgery the gums are lifted back and hardened tartar is removed. Additional
smoothing of damaged surfaces may be performed if necessary. After this
procedure, your periodontist will replace the gum tissue tightly around the
tooth structure as to eliminate any pockets for harmful bacteria to collect and
- Bone grafting is a procedure that involves the replacing of lost or
damaged bone structure to due an accident or extensive periodontal decay. Pieces
of your own bone, artificial bone, or donated bone are used during this process.
These grafts help to encourage bone re-growth restoring structure, stability and
functionality to your teeth.
- Guided tissue regeneration is another option
available when existing bone structure has been destroyed. During this
procedure, your periodontist will fold back the gum tissue and remove any
harmful bacteria while inserting membranes or proteins that stimulate the
surrounding tissues, encouraging your body’s natural regenerative process.
If you live in or around La Jolla, please call our offices or fill out an online appointment request form today to
find out the various periodontal surgical options available to you. Our skilled
periodontist will gladly answer any questions and address any concerns that you
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