Many of the patients seen in our practice are treated in as little as one surgical visit with the use of conscious sedation. Most of the time sedatives are administered intravenously.
This way we can be sure you receive the right amount of sedation as well as analgesics to keep you comfortable even after the local anesthesia has worn off. Most people do not recall or feel any part of the procedures, including the numbing of the areas worked on
Plasma Rich in Growth Factors, PRGF, is a revolutionary bone and soft tissue regeneration technique we use that not only yields better results but also reduces the discomfort associated with surgery due to improved and faster healing.
Periodontal Surgery – Important Factors You Should Know
Gingival Improvement Grafting
When recession of the gum occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
In addition, gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Further, gum recession, when significant, can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.
Gingival Improvement Grafting
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. In the past, a thin piece of tissue was taken from the roof of the mouth, or gently moved over from adjacent areas, and attached to the prepared area of gum recession.
After a brief healing period, the graft becomes part of the gum and covers the area where it had receded previously.
The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root. New research has made available materials designed to add natural gum tissue without the need to take tissue from other areas of the mouth.
Acellular dermal grafts activated with PRGF for example, are a biocompatible type of donor material, which is a substitute for using your own tissue as a donor for the graft thus eliminating the need for a second surgical site such as the roof of the mouth.
These procedures are a predictable way to cover unsightly, sensitive or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. If you are unhappy with the appearance of short unsightly teeth this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures in our office and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.
Periodontal disease is an infection which affects the gums and the bones that surrounds the teeth. A Periodontist will need to do a deep analysis of your condition and determine the best approach for your treatment.
What is a Periodontal Surgery?
The main cause of periodontal disease in many adults is the process of accumulation of plaque surrounding the teeth.
As the accumulation of plaque continues to grow, the bacteria and plaque will growing around the teeth and gums which will cause the production of toxins in your mouth. As a result of this, once the bone of the tooth has been lost it cannot grow back on its own.
Some Periodontal Gum Disease Symptoms include:
- Continuous bad breath
- bleeding gums
- gums being pulled away from the teeth
- Loose teeth
How Could Periodontal Disease Procedure Help You?
It is a minor surgical procedure generally done in the dental office with a local anesthetic. It involves folding the gum back away from the tooth just enough so that a Periodontist, a dentist specializing in the treatment of gum diseases, can see the tooth root surfaces.
Dental Crown Lengthening
When decay or a tooth fracture occurs below the gum line, it may be necessary to remove a small amount of bone and gum tissue. Your dentist may ask for this procedure before he or she makes a new crown for your tooth.
Reshaping The Gum and Supporting Tissues: This will allow your general dentist adequate room to place a quality final restoration.
Final Restoration: Another indication for crown lengthening is when the front teeth are too short or of uneven length.
Periodontal Pocket Reduction Procedures
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 including PRGF are used routinely today in our practice.
You could find additional information about pocket reduction surgery here.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
This surgical procedure “regenerates” the previously lost gum and bone tissue. Most techniques utilize artificial membranes, which are inserted over the bone defects. Some of these membranes are bio-absorbable and some require removal.
More modern regenerative procedures involve the use of PRGF to naturally reverse the damage that has occurred to the gum and bone by using membranes made from your own plasma.
Periodontal Bone grafting
Over a period of time, the jawbone with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
We now have the ability to grow bone where needed. This gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, and it also gives us a chance to more effectively restore esthetic appearance and functionality.
Periodontal (Osseous) Surgery | Ridge Preservation
A cosmetic problem sometimes occurs when a tooth has been extracted or removed. Bone loss can occur, causing an indentation in the gum line and can change the appearance of a person’s smile, even if the lost tooth has been replaced with a prosthetic one. If this occurs the replacement tooth may not look natural.
The replacement tooth can look as if it is resting on top of the gums, not as if it is coming out of the gum like a natural tooth. Careful management of extraction sockets after removal of a tooth prevents unsightly bone loss and a better cosmetic outcome of tooth replacement.
Dr. Gallardo, The following is to share my testimony of an Periodontal Reconstructive Bone Surgery that I experienced after having an accident 16 years ago and just two months ago I found out the severness of my condition. The surgery was a total success, my jaw looks reconstructed, as if I had Cosmetic Surgery (even though that was not the objective). I recovered in 3 days, went to work in 4 days, after the third day I ate like I normally would in small portions. And the greatest blessing of all was that not once did I feel pain. I am unaware of other patient’s experiences, I speak for my own, and the reality is that the days following the surgery until now, I did not experience pain at all. Lastly I would like to give thanks first to God, my family and of course Dr. Gallardo for his methology, professionalism and excellent work. I truly recommend this doctor to any person that would require this type of treatment, and do not doubt choosing him because the results are excellent. Thank you.
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