Proper medications used at right time will prevent the need of surgery.
The primary goal of Brentwood TN Dentists is to treat and control oral infections to prolong the life of teeth. There are several types of treatment and they all depend on the severity of disease and vary from person to person. All types of treatment need the patient to cooperate and back it up with regular care at home. Brentwood TN Dentists also recommend giving up certain behaviors and habits such as smoking, at least as long as the patient is under treatment.
Deep cleansing, also known as conventional periodontal therapy is the process of removing the dental plaque and its products that cause inflammation. This procedure helps establish gums and teeth that are free of disease. The dentists use a method called scaling that scraps off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing is a method used to get rid of spots on the tooth root a place convenient for the germs to gather. Recent procedures involve the use of laser to remove plaque and tartar. Use of laser treatment has found to result in less bleeding and discomfort when compared to deep cleaning method.
Medications vs Surgery
Medications used with treatment that includes scaling and root planning may prevent the need for surgery. However in certain cases where the disease has progressed to a great extent the medications cannot take the place of surgery. Based on the advice of Brentwood TN Dentistsyou may opt for surgical treatment.
Flap Surgery- If inflammation persists even after deep cleansing and medications then dentists might recommend surgery. It becomes necessary if deep pockets remain even after treatment. A periodontist might opt for flap surgery to eliminate tartar deposits in deep pockets. This surgery is performed to keep the area clean. During this surgery the gums are lifted back after removing the tartar and then sutured back in place so that the tissue encloses the tooth again. The gums will heal within a few days and fit tightly around the tooth.
Bone Grafts- Flap surgery alone may not be of much use in cases where the bone or gum tissue loss occurs due to periodontitis. Dentists may suggest additional procedures to help regenerate the bone or gum. A procedure called bone grafting is done wherein a natural or synthetic bone is placed in the area to compensate bone loss.
Tissue Grafts- In a procedure called guided tissue regeneration, a small piece of mesh-like material is inserted between the bone and gum tissue which keeps the gum tissue from encroaching into the area where the bone is supposed to be and allow the bone and connective tissue to grow without interfering with each other.
Ken. R. Robertson, DMD
5409 Maryland Way, Suite 210
Brentwood, TN 37027
Surgical Treatments for bone and tissue loss