Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from disease and sensitivity, and helps produce a great smile. When you experience a loss of gum tissue around your teeth it can be the beginning of serious oral health problems. Exposed roots may be sensitive to temperature change, are more vulnerable to decay, and are associated with loss of supporting bone.
Aggressive tooth brushing and gum disease are two leading reasons that roots become exposed.
Osseous Surgery — Oral Plastic Surgery
Traditionally, gum disease is treated by eliminating the gum pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven bone tissue. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely today.
Dr. Garelick can perform periodontal plastic surgical procedures to replace the missing gum tissue with grafting procedures. In the past this procedure required that a piece of tissue be harvested from the roof of your mouth to serve as the graft material. Unfortunately, not everyone has enough tissue available or wants to have tissue taken from this sensitive area.
This surgical procedure "regenerates" the previously lost gum and bone tissue. Most techniques utilize membranes, which are inserted over the bone defects. Some of these membranes are bio-absorbable and some require removal. Other regenerative procedures involve the use of bio active gels.
Dr. Garelick will provide you with more information and help you decide if oral plastic surgery is the most appropriate method to achieve your goals.
Because Dr. Garelick is able to provide both advanced periodontal procedures as well as reconstructive dentistry, many patients who typically require periodontal and restoration dentistry need not travel to a specialist and pay higher costs.