When a patient is diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, periodontists may choose either a surgical or non surgical treatment option. AAP treatment guidelines state that the least invasive and most cost effective options should be used to achieve and maintain periodontal health. After receiving a scaling and root planning procedure, most periodontists agree that many patients do not require further active treatment, including more invasive surgery.
When diagnosed with periodontal disease, a more complex treatment plan may be necessary and your periodontist may recommend periodontal surgery. The four types of the most prescribed surgical treatments are as follows: Pocket Reduction Procedures, Regenerative Procedures, Crown Lengthening, Soft Tissue Grafts.
Patients may experience less bleeding, swelling and discomfort when lasers are used properly during periodontal therapy. If incorrect wavelengths and/or power levels are used during a periodontal procedure, damage to periodontal tissues can occur.Many periodontists also perform cosmetic procedures to enhance a patient's smile in addition to performing surgeries to maintain periodontal health and to treat periodontal disease. Cosmetic procedures include Crown Lengthening, Soft Tissue Grafts and Ridge Augmentation