Surgical Periodontal Therapy Near You
The purpose of periodontal surgery is to treat periodontitis, repair and reshape gum tissue, and improve your overall health. Gum disease can create a host of challenges for your oral health, making it difficult to keep your teeth clean and protect your teeth from sensitivity. Surgical procedures improve both the function and appearance of your teeth and gums so you can regain comfort and confidence in your smile.
Periodontal Surgery in the Okanagan
At Okanagan Periodontics, we perform several periodontal surgeries that help save teeth and improve the health of your gums and mouth. Below are a few of the more common surgeries we provide.
Okanagan Periodontics offers a wide range of periodontal surgeries in the Okanagan. We look forward to meeting you and helping you create a healthier smile.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Soft tissue grafting is a procedure that repairs weakened or receding gum lines by grafting a piece of soft tissue from the roof of your mouth or another part of your body. Gum grafting helps protect your teeth from sensitivity at the roots and builds up a supportive structure for your teeth and bite.
Flap Surgery or Pocket Reduction Surgery
The space between your teeth and gums is called the pocket. When you visit your dentist for a regular check-up, they’ll measure your pockets to ensure they are not deeper than a measurement of 4. If your gum pockets are deep and a cause for concern, you’ll likely be referred to a periodontist. Deep pockets are difficult to keep clear of plaque and bacteria, causing you to be at a higher risk for root infections and tooth loss. Flap surgery cleans out the pockets and tightens the gum line, making maintaining clean and healthy gums and teeth easier.
Periodontal disease not only irritates and infects your gums deep in the pockets surrounding the tooth, but it can also eat away and destroy the bone surrounding the root of the tooth and into your jaw. To repair deteriorating bone, we use the technique of bone grafting to fill, repair, and stimulate natural bone growth to strengthen the area. This helps provide a sturdy platform to keep your teeth in place and prevent extraction.
When one or more teeth are removed from the mouth, the area in the gums where they previously sat can close over and begin to sag or form a depression in the gums. This is especially likely if the dental restoration chosen is a dental bridge or dentures without implants. These sunken ridges of the gum can make it difficult to clean the gums. Ridge augmentation surgery fills in and reshapes the gums to eliminate the depressions.