Periodontal Surgery

When nonsurgical therapy has done all it can to reduce pockets and/or defects present in the bone from periodontal disease, periodontal surgery is usually recommended. This procedure allows the periodontist to gently pull back the gum tissue gaining access to the teeth and bone. Under a local anesthetic, the procedure involves cleaning the roots thoroughly, removing infected gum tissue and possibly reshaping bone around the teeth. The end result is a reduction in periodontal pockets and the creation of gum contours that are optimized for daily cleaning.