Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions from Our Patients

If you have questions about periodontal surgery and our practice, call our office to schedule your consultation as soon as possible!

Q: What is periodontal surgery?

Periodontal surgery addresses all levels of periodontal disease, including gingivitis and advanced periodontitis. Treatments may include tooth replacement, pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts, and bone regeneration. Periodontal surgery addresses periodontal disease and helps to restore your smile.

Q: Why don’t I have a healthy smile right now?

If you have developed habits that lead to plaque and tartar buildup regularly and you don’t have the home care tools needed to remove hardened plaque, your gums may become inflamed. You may need a deeper cleaning to get rid of plaque and tartar buildup along the gum line because any buildup in this area can be a breeding ground for bacteria and cause excessive damage to the tissues. We can treat early stages of gum disease with periodontal therapy and prevent severe oral damage.

Q: I take good care of my teeth, so why do I have periodontal disease?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for your oral health but it may not be enough to prevent periodontal disease. Some people are at a higher risk for developing gum disease than others. If you have diabetes, are pregnant, or are experiencing hormonal shifts, you may be more likely to develop gum disease. Some types of medication can make it difficult for your body to defend itself against bacteria which can contribute to gum disease.

Q: What can be done to correct gum recession?

If you have receding gums because of gum disease or other oral health problems, you may be a good candidate for gum grafting or microsurgery gingival grafting. We offer both traditional and minimally-invasive gum grafting treatments at our practice, each offering both functional and esthetic benefits.

Q: Why don’t I have a healthy smile right now?

When it comes to periodontal disease, patients typically reach a point of no return. Once plaque hardens and tartar begins to form, inflammation is a sure result. Not only are your home care tools inadequate for removing hardened plaque, but when your gums become inflamed, those tools can no longer reach deep enough below your gumline for thorough cleaning. As bacteria continue to breed and damage your tissues, your only line of defense is a visit to a periodontist.

Fortunately, the sooner you make an appointment and allow us to treat you, the faster you may recover. When periodontal disease begins, often with gingivitis, or inflammation of your gums, a deep cleaning is often all it takes to reverse the disease. However, when your periodontal disease progresses beyond reversibility, our advanced training and technology can still help you restore your oral health, the function of your mouth, and a complete, healthy smile.

Q: I brush my teeth and floss regularly, so why do I have periodontal disease?

Good oral hygiene at home is usually all it takes to prevent periodontal disease. However, other factors often come into play. Because every part of your body is connected, when your overall health is in decline, individual portions of your body are also less than healthy. For example, if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, you may be more prone to developing periodontal disease. Sudden shifts in hormones, often from pregnancy, stress, tobacco use, or a change in your usual medication can also change your body’s ability to defend itself against bacteria, including the harmful effects of plaque buildup. Call and make an appointment with us so we can get to the root of your problem, create a treatment program, and help you regain a healthy smile.