Surgical Treatment


Gums should fit snugly around the teeth. Advanced periodontal disease can destroy the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth, forming pockets in the space between the gums and teeth. Bacteria can accumulate in these pockets and cause further damage. During this procedure, the pockets will be cleared of infection and the gum tissue retightened to eliminate or reduce pockets.


If periodontal disease has destroyed the bone supporting your teeth, a regenerative procedure can reverse some of the damage. After removing the disease-causing bacteria, bone grafts, membranes or tissue-stimulating proteins may be used to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate healthy bone tissue.


Root coverage procedures are often used to treat gums that have receded to the point that the roots of a tooth are exposed. Gum tissue will be taken from the roof of the mouth to cover roots, in order to regenerate gum tissue where it is needed.


When tooth structure is covered by gum and bone tissue, the tissue may need to be removed or repositioned either for cosmetic reasons or to aid in securing a new dental crown. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.


If periodontal disease has lead to tooth loss or damage, an implant may be placed. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. They are a long term solution that look, feel and function just like a natural tooth.


Dental implants have a long history of success and have aided millions of patients who have lost one or more of their teeth. While the majority of implants will function successfully, this may not always be the case. With more and more implants being placed, dental implant complications are on the rise. Some of these complications are related to the health of the gum and bone around the implant where the implant becomes infected.This may lead to gum and bone loss and potentially to the loss of the implant itself. A surgical procedure may be needed to restore or remove the implant.