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Periodontal surgery Burlington

Periodontal (gum) disease can be an aggressive infection that, if left untreated, can lead to the destruction of crucial periodontal structures responsible for protecting teeth and maintaining their attachment to the jaw. The consequences of untreated gum disease include both compromised oral health and a diminished appearance. Effectively managing gum disease and restoring health and aesthetics to damaged gums and tooth-supporting bone may require advanced treatments, including surgical intervention. Periodontal surgery is often necessary to address moderate to severe gum disease.

If the infection has led to the formation of deep periodontal pockets, typically measuring 5 mm or more in depth, or if it has extended beyond the reach of manual scalers, then gum surgery may become necessary to access, clean, and repair the affected areas.

One common surgical procedure for treating advanced gum disease is flap surgery. This procedure is performed by a skilled periodontist who creates a three-sided flap within the gum tissue, leaving one side attached to the blood supply. This flap resembles the opening of an envelope. By lifting the flap, the surgeon gains access to deep periodontal pockets, enabling thorough plaque removal and the restoration of recessed gum tissue or lost bone. After completion, the surgeon sutures the flap closed using self-dissolving stitches.

In some cases, regenerative techniques are employed to stimulate the regrowth of lost tissue and bone. These techniques often involve grafting procedures, where tissue is harvested from the roof of the patient's mouth or another source and placed in the treatment area. The graft acts as a scaffold for new gum tissue to grow and develop. These micro-surgical techniques require meticulous skill and precision to ensure that the grafting material is optimally positioned for growth and aesthetically pleasing results.

These surgical procedures are typically performed under local anesthesia, sometimes supplemented with other sedation methods to ensure patient comfort. Patients will receive specific cleaning instructions to protect the surgical site from further infection, and any minor discomfort following the procedure can typically be managed with anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, for a few days.

If you're in need of advanced periodontal surgery in Burlington, don't hesitate to contact Lakeside Family Dental at (905) 637-0801 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Cohen & Associates. Our practice is conveniently located at 5353 Lakeshore Rd, Unit 21, Burlington, ON, and we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

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