Periodontal disease is a systemic infection that can destroy the structures that protect and support the teeth. Without treatment, tooth and bone loss can occur. Our dentist in Houston may recommend surgery to control gum disease and restore health to your smile.
Gum surgery is typically used to treat moderate to severe problems and irritation to the gums. The early stages of gum disease occur when bacteria irritate gum tissue, and the body responds with inflammation designed to destroy the bacteria. If the infection is not controlled, the inflammation becomes chronic, and this inflammatory response leads to gum and bone tissue damage. The gum tissue becomes detached from the teeth, and bone is destroyed.
You might be a candidate for surgery if you have deep periodontal pockets that make it impossible for you to brush your teeth effectively or you are at risk of losing your teeth due to bone and gum loss. Our dentist can use pocket reduction surgery, regenerative procedures or grafts to improve or restore periodontal health. Most periodontal surgical procedures are performed in conjunction with conservative therapies, such as scaling and root planning and periodontal maintenance. Call our office today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.