Periodontal Disease Surgery

If you're diagnosed with periodontal disease, Dr. Heaton may recommend periodontal surgery. Periodontal surgery is necessary when Dr. Heaton determines that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with a non-surgical treatment option.

Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck around your neck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming "pockets" around the teeth. Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to live. As bacteria develop around the teeth, they can accumulate and advance under the gum tissue. These deep   pockets collect even more bacteria, resulting in further bone and tissue loss. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be     extracted.

Dr. Heaton will measure the depth of your pocket(s). Osseous surgery with bone grafting might be recommended if you have pockets that are too deep to clean with daily at-home oral hygiene and a professional care routine.

During this procedure, Dr. Heaton will fold back the gum tissue and   removes the disease-causing bacteria before securing the tissue into place. In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone.

In addition, Dr. Heaton  may recommend a bone graft when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed. These procedures can  reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue. To learn more about bone grafting please see the “Bone Grafts” section under the "Our Services" page.