Periodontal Surgery Can Help Restore Your Gums and Jaw

Drs. Steven M. Katz, Sultan S. Salem, and Dilmarys J. Peña offer various periodontal surgery procedures at their Long Island, NY-area office to restore the health and aesthetics of gums that may have suffered damage as a result of disease or missing teeth. Our doctors also offer advanced treatments to restore and maintain the jawbone. While the primary purpose of many of these procedures is to restore the health of your gums, our doctors also make sure your gums look healthy and beautiful. 

Types of Periodontal Surgery

Gum Lifts

When excess gum tissue covers your teeth, we can perform a gum lift. Using our diode laser, we can carefully trim away the excess tissue to create a more proportionate gum line. This creates balance and symmetry in your smile and often improves confidence.

Gum Grafts

Gum grafts are commonly used to treat receding gums, which often result from periodontal disease. There are three types of tissue grafts, which may take tissue from the roof of the mouth or a nearby area of the gums. Grafts are sutured in place and create a more even gum line, halt gum recession and bone loss, and reduce sensitivity.

Your periodontal health is closely tied to your physical health, making periodontal care essential. 

Dental Crown Lengthening

Dental crown lengthening removes gum or bone tissues to expose more surface area of a tooth. This procedure is usually necessary when excess gum tissue obstructs the placement of a filling or crown. The procedure is similar to a gum lift and is performed with our diode laser for greater precision.

Dental Implant Surgery

For patients missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the best restorative option available. Implants can support crowns, bridges, or dentures. Traditional dentures use a mild adhesive to attach to your gums, while dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. This stops bone loss and provides the ultimate support for dental restorations. Lifelike restorations are then attached to the implants to give you a fully functional and beautiful smile.

Bone Grafting

When you lose a tooth and do not replace it with an implant right away, bone loss begins to take place. To qualify for other treatments such as dental implants, you may first require a bone graft. This procedure will help rebuild lost jawbone tissue so you can properly support dental implants.

Pocket Reduction

When you have gum disease, pockets begin to form between your teeth and gums. This creates a space for bacteria to thrive. As gum disease advances, the pockets deepen. In order to manage your gum disease effectively, your doctor may recommend a pocket reduction. This procedure involves pulling back the gum tissue to eradicate bacteria. The gum tissues are pulled down further to close the pockets and are secured in place with sutures.

Periodontal Surgery Benefits Your Overall Health

A profile view of a woman's smile Your periodontal health is closely tied to your physical health, making periodontal care essential. Gum disease has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and more. Taking the appropriate steps to eliminate gum disease and restore your periodontal health can greatly benefit your overall physical health.

Contact Us Today

If you are suffering from gum disease or a recessed jaw, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. Our doctors will help you determine whether periodontal surgery is right for you, and can recommend one or more procedures to begin restoring your smile.