We can increase our chances of keeping our natural teeth for life if we maintain good oral hygiene and have our regular dental cleanings. Oral care is not only exclusive only in caring for our teeth but also the structures that surround them like the gums and tooth-supporting bone. Gum disease threatens these supporting structures and when signs of trouble become apparent, an oral surgery Marco Island procedure such as surgical periodontal therapy may be suggested.
Surgical periodontal therapy is the re-contouring of the bone and gums to minimize the risk of further periodontal disease. Surgical procedures are designed to either removed diseased gum or bone to build missing tissue back to a healthier state or for better cleaning access. A common surgical periodontal therapy is pocket reduction also known as gingivectomy or flap surgery. This procedure is performed to gain access to the roots of the teeth to eliminate bacteria and tartar buildup.
Anesthetic and stitches are used for most surgical procedures and to aid with the healing process and speed up recovery after surgery, antibiotics and mouth rinses are often used. Donor tissue is also required to build back gum and bone. This bone or gum tissue may come from another part of the patient’s own body, from a donor person or animal. This is especially required for a bone grafting procedure.
There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend you see an oral surgeon. Here are some of them:
Oral surgery can be necessary for some instances and your dentist and oral surgeon can walk you through your post-surgery care and dental hygiene maintenance to prevent future dental issues.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding oral surgery Marco Island, reach out to us at Island Paradise Dental for more information.