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What Is Periodontal Surgery?

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You’ve probably heard of gingivitis.

Luckily, it’s preventable and reversible.

But did you know that if it’s left untreated, it progresses into periodontitis?

In some serious cases, surgery may be required.

We’re here to walk you through what periodontal surgery entails.

Keep reading to learn more.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a much more severe form of gum disease that causes serious consequences.

The disease attacks the bone and soft tissues below your gumline that support your teeth.

It can even threaten your overall health and lead to long-term complications, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Premature birth
  • Various forms of cancer

Is periodontal surgery necessary?

A surgical solution is necessary for severe cases of periodontitis to prevent irreversible damage and tooth loss.

Many dental offices offer different options to treat periodontitis, but at Dental Health Care of Woburn, we offer 4 surgical options:

1. Soft Tissue Graft

A soft tissue graft will reduce sensitivity and prevent further damage by covering exposed tooth roots or replacing lost soft gum tissue.

2. Pocket Reduction Surgery

We’ll remove hardened tartar from deep below your gumline and eliminate any pockets where harmful bacteria may accumulate.

3. Bone Grafting

A bone graft may be necessary if your jawbone structure is damaged due to trauma or extensive periodontal decay. Grafts encourage bone regrowth, structural restoration, stability, and functionality of your teeth. You may also need bone grafting to get dental implants.

4. Guided Tissue Regeneration

This procedure may be necessary if the existing jawbone structure is damaged. We’ll remove harmful bacteria from below your gumline. Special membranes or proteins are added to stimulate the surrounding tissues, encouraging your body’s natural regenerative process.

How do I know if I need periodontal surgery?

You may need periodontal surgery if you have severe or advanced disease around your gums and the tissues that support your teeth.

These are the primary signs of gum disease:

  • Teeth and gum sensitivity
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Bad breath

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or have any concerns, you should visit your periodontist to indicate if surgery is necessary.

Does dental insurance cover periodontal surgery?

Your dental insurance may cover a portion of your surgery.

We accept most insurance plans. We’ll speak to your insurance company, and then immediately estimate your coverage. You’ll only pay the non-covered portion.

To make your time with us pleasant and stress-free, we’ll handle insurance claims and payments on your behalf.

What are the benefits of periodontal surgery?

Periodontal surgery:

  • Prevents further disease and damage
  • Strengthens your mouth and gums
  • Restores health and functionality of your mouth
  • Reduces pain
  • Saves your teeth

Do you think you may need periodontal surgery?

Your expert dentists in Woburn are here for you!

Dr. Melissa Mancuso, Dr. Sandra Morin, and our wonderful team will gladly help you get your oral health on track.

Schedule a consultation today.

Dental Health Care of Woburn is located in Woburn, MA, and is happily serving Woburn, Winchester, Burlington, Stoneham, Reading, Tewksbury, Wilmington, Lexington, Wakefield, and any other surrounding town.

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