Surgical Treatment of Gum Disease

Many forms of surgical treatments exist for a variety of gum conditions. Progressive or destructive gum diseases such as Periodontal disease can be treated surgically if simpler remedies fail to improve the condition sufficiently.

If you’ve developed gum disease severe enough to require surgery, your dentist may discuss some of the following ways to treat the problem:

  • Pocket reduction (also known as gingival flap surgery)
    In this procedure, gums are folded back and the tarter is removed. The gums are then placed so that the tissue fits snugly around the tooth.
  • Regeneration
    In this procedure, the gums are folded back and disease-causing bacteria is removed, bone grafts are inserted, membranes, or tissue-stimulating proteins (or any combination of the three) to promote the re-growth of bone and connective tissue to better support the teeth.
  • Crown lengthening
    In this procedure, the overgrowth of gum tissue is removed from your teeth, making your teeth appear longer. This procedure is used for cosmetic effects as well as to treat gum disease.
  • Soft tissue graft
    In this procedure, sample tissue is taken from elsewhere in your mouth and is attached to your gums to replace gum tissue. This procedure reinforces thin gums or fills in places where gums have receded.
  • Bone surgery
    Due to moderate and advanced bone loss, shallow craters will appear in the bone. During this procedure, the bone around the tooth is reshaped to decrease the craters. This procedure will make it harder for bacteria to collect and grow in your gums.

If you would like to learn more about this, please call 1300 32 TEETH to speak to a member of our team.