Gum recession is one of the most visible signs of gum disease. The bacteria that infect the gum tissues destroy the connective tissue and bone that support your teeth. Your periodontal pockets may deepen and pull away from the teeth, leaving only a few options that can successfully restore the health of your gums. Dr. Loren Frumker is a skilled periodontist in Willoughby, OH who treats the underlying periodontal disease that may have caused your gum recession and performs the dental surgery to correct the damage to your gum tissue. If you are showing signs of periodontal disease, such as bleeding, swollen gums, or gum recession, contact our office for immediate treatment.
What to Expect from Osseous Dental Surgery
Osseous dental surgery, or pocket depth reduction, reduces the size of the periodontal pockets. During the surgery, Dr. Frumker will evaluate the treatment site to determine the amount of bone loss and measure your periodontal pockets. Dr. Frumker will then make an incision in the gum tissue, for better access and visibility. The bacteria that cause gum recession damage the bone tissue, creating a rough area that traps more bacteria. Dr. Frumker will smooth out the surface of the underlying bone to prevent access to bacteria and recontour the bone to encourage the reattachment of tissue. Bone grafting and/or other regenerative materials may be incorporated in your treatment. Plaque and tartar will also be eliminated in the periodontal pockets before the gum tissues are trimmed and sutured into place.
After Osseous Dental Surgery
Stitches will generally be removed in seven to ten days following dental surgery. Dr. Frumker may request another follow up in a few weeks to evaluate your progress. As the tissues heals, the gums should look and feel as if they fit around the tooth. This will make it easier for you to maintain the health of your gums.
Gum disease is progressive and will not resolve on its own. If you are noticing any of the signs of gum disease, call Dr. Frumker in Willoughby, OH today for your consultation.