Your Gum Disease May Require Osseous Surgery Intervention
Has your gum disease progressed despite regular periodontal maintenance appointments? The problem may be that your periodontal pockets – the pockets formed between the gums and the teeth – contain too many areas where microscopic bacteria can develop. Over time, these pockets become a bacterial home, eventually destroying the gums, connective tissues, tooth root, and bone without treatment.Schedule Consultation
Osseous surgery can play an intervention role in halting the continuation of gum disease. During osseous surgery at our Las Vegas facility, Dr. Curry Leavitt will administer a local anesthetic, make an incision in the gums and gently pull the gums from the teeth. This exposes the tooth root so it can be thoroughly cleaned. The process also exposes the bone holding the tooth, which will be smoothed to promote healing.
Using handheld equipment, Dr. Leavitt will smooth the bone, making it less pocketed. With fewer places to hide, bacteria cannot grow at the same rapid rate. In addition to the smoothing of the bone, our periodontist may also perform a gingivectomy using lasers. This type of laser gum surgery removes diseased soft tissues, leaving behind healthy tissues that are encouraged to reattach to the teeth.Find out more by calling us at 702-984-2577 to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Curry Leavitt.
This is a common question that people with gum disease ask. The answer should make any person think twice before ignoring periodontal disease.
When left untreated, gum disease can quickly develop into a systemic issue. In fact, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, and other conditions. From a dental perspective, when you ignore gum disease, it will eventually cause the loss of teeth, not to mention bone.
All parts of your body can become infected, and that includes the soft tissues in your mouth. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissues caused by a build-up of aggressive bacteria.
The bacteria breed in between the teeth and gums, in the periodontal pockets. If left untouched, the bacteria will continue to destroy the surrounding connective tissues and gums, leading to deepening of the pocket.
From that point, bacteria and tartar will build up on the surface of the tooth and its root. Finally, the bacteria will slowly erode the jawbone, leading to eventual tooth loss.
Ironically, many people ignore the most common signs of gum disease, such as:
At our office in Las Vegas, NV, we utilize the BIOLASE WaterLase® iPlus™ 2.0 for laser gum surgery. This innovative handheld laser-based tool offers tremendous benefits over traditional hand-directed scalpels and similar instruments, including:
Have you ever heard the term “long in the tooth?” Teeth do not really get longer, of course. They just look that way because of gum recession.
Receding gums are a common problem for many Americans and can be caused by a variety of factors: