If you are diagnosed with Periodontal Disease in North Raleigh, Dr. Singletary may recommend periodontal surgery. Periodontal surgery is necessary when the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment. The most common types of surgical treatments are Regenerative Procedures and Pocket Reduction Procedures. In advanced cases of Periodontal Disease, the first course of treatment would be Root Planning and scaling combined with excellent home care. We will give you an oral hygiene kit for you to take home with instructions on how to use it.
WHEN IS PERIODONTAL SURGERY NECESSARY?
Surgery is needed to control periodontal disease, a disease that affects almost everyone. Most of us keep our teeth and gums healthy by daily removal of the bacteria which causes the disease. You should have regular checkups with your dentist each year to remove the bacteria that has deposited below the gum line which you cannot reach. When you have perio problems, the gum has shrunk so far down to the root of the tooth that dental instruments are no longer effective. Bone loss is measured in millimeters and range from 0-12mm. Any number from 1-3 is excellent with 4 being the beginning stages of perio disease. Anything greater than 5 is cause for perio treatment. If bacteria is left on the tooth then you have bone destruction which could lead to tooth loss.