Periodontal disease is an aggressive infection in your mouth caused by millions of disease causing bacteria. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is vital that you seek treatment immediately. If left untreated, periodontal disease can not only lead to devastating bone and tooth loss but it also complicates serious systemic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and some forms of cancer. Dr. Jeffrey Zatzkin is a periodontist offering gum disease treatment in Tinton Fall, NJ.
When treating your gum disease, Dr. Zatzkin might suggest scaling and root planing to rid your teeth and gums of the plaque and tartar deposits that harbor bacteria. However, if this treatment does not significantly improve your condition, gum surgery will be recommended. Osseous surgery (or flap surgery) will remove deposits, reduce pocket depths around the affected teeth, and allow you to achieve more effective results with your home care.
Before your gum surgery, Dr. Zatzkin will make sure the areas of treatment are sufficiently numb with local anesthesia so you are comfortable during the procedure. Your infected areas are accessed through the gums and thoroughly cleaned and smoothed. This smoothing discourages bacteria and tartar deposits from building up and re-infecting the area. A few stitches are made for healing and a follow up appointment to check healing should be made.
Key Benefits of Osseous Surgery
After your gum surgery, you can expect to experience any or all of the following benefits:
- More comfortable maintenance cleanings
- Tissue pocket depth decrease
- Home care can now reach areas that were not accessible before
- Your gums will not bleed when brushing and flossing
- Fresh clean, smelling breath
- Elimination of infection
Many patients have experienced great success with this gum surgery and have been able to take control of their periodontal disease. Do not let this active infection rob you of your teeth and health! Call Dr. Zatzkin in Tinton Falls, NJ today to schedule your consultation.