Surgical treatment of periodontal disease is usually completed by quadrant, although multiple quadrants can also be performed. Appointments are typically one hour long and we use the same local anesthesia used for dental fillings. For our anxious patients we offer sedation with a dental anesthesiologist.
After non surgical treatment is completed (scaling and root planning), if periodontal pockets remain, Flap Surgery is used reduce pocket depth and to help save the infected teeth. After removal of tartar from deep below the gum line, Osseous Surgery is often completed. This reshaping of the bone reduces rough areas which bacteria like to colonize and grow.
Regenerative procedures, including the placement of bone grafts and membranes, help your body replace the bone that was lost due to periodontal disease and are done in conjunction with the surgery. There are different sources available for these regenerative materials, including autogenous, allograft and xenograft and will be decided based on your individual needs.
After surgery we will send any necessary prescriptions for antibiotics and/or pain medication directly to your pharmacy electronically. You will be seen for a follow up visit 1-2 weeks later to check on your healing and removal of the stitches.